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The whale shark is found in tropical and warm temperate seas worldwide. It is considered the largest fish in the world. Despite the name, it is a shark not a whale. The largest individual that was accurately measured was 40 feet 7 inches long. There is a report in 1925 of a 60-foot whale shark, but it is undocumented. This shark is not a threat to people because it feeds only on plankton, small fish and squid, which it filters from the water through its gills.
Photographed at the Georgia Aquarium. Atlanta