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Whale sharks are a large filter-feeding shark species that appear in both versions of Zoo Tycoon. It is the biggest fish in the world. It can grow up to 18 meters in length and weigh more than 25 tones. It lives in all tropic and warm-temperate seas. Its name comes from its size and its physiology, which makes it look like a whale. It is black and brown in color and has many white spots and stripes. It only eats zooplankton, krill, squids, algae, and crab larvae. However, it sometimes eats very small fish, such as herrings and sardines. It has a huge mouth which can be opened up to 1.5 meters wide and contains hundreds of rows of tiny teeth, which it rarely uses. The whale shark lives in the benthic biome. It can be a nice addition to your zoo, since it is an exotic fish and is the favorite animal of many zoo guests. Although it is not dangerous, sometimes it hits ships with its head because it mistakes them for enemy sharks. They are very gentle and will sometimes play with divers.
It is the largest official animal in Zoo Tycoon 2: Marine Mania, although the whale shark from the original Zoo Tycoon was surpassed in size by the Humpback Whale, Sperm Whale, and Bowhead Whale.
There are many complaints about the Whale Sharks in Zoo Tycoon 2 being inaccurately small. However, these complaints primarily stem from seeing the adolescent form of the Whale Shark.
In Zoo Tycoon 2, the whale shark prefers the benthic biome, which is unusual for a whale shark since they very rarely goes to dim-lit areas of the ocean. In real life, it prefers areas with more sunlight instead.