The whale shark is the largest species of fish, and can reach up to 40 feet in length.
Just for comparative purposes, the whale shark juxtaposed against a bus:
Despite their names, whale sharks are actually filter feeders – they simply open their mouths wide and take in a huge gulping draught of water. They then filter the water out through their gills, leaving behind in their mouths any organisms, like plankton, that was in the water. The gentle giants are found mostly in warmer waters, and as a species are considered threatened.
A whale shark next to a human:
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