Our Small Plastic Whale Shark Our whale shark is made of slightly flexible plastic and measures 3 inches from nose to tail. Its name is moulded into the underside. This plastic shark is great for school projects, toys, novelties, animal collections, party favors and more. Our plastic whale shark is for decoration or play only. It does not float, and should NOT be put in your aquarium. However, you can make an interesting shark shoebox diorama using this and other plastic aquatic creatures and marine mammals, sharks, fish, sea turtles, and birds from our store. Come look through our entire collection of plastic sharks.
The words "whale shark" call to mind images of a huge, ferocious beast preying on whales, but nothing could be further from the truth. This solitary, slow moving creature's name refers to it's size. At up to 50 feet and 16 tons, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is not only the largest shark but also the largest fish in the world. The trademark wide mouth opens amazingly wide to scoop up plankton, small squid, small fish and krill. Check out the photos at Extreme Science. Because of its quiet, gentle nature, it has become a favorite among divers. It seems to pay no attention at all when divers touch or climb on it. The whale shark can be found in tropical waters world-wide. Here is a cool video of a whale shark sucking fish through a hole in a fishing net.