The Museum will be open on Wednesday, January 28, during regular hours, from 10 am to 5:45 pm. Due to the weather, some programs have been cancelled. Please check here for a full list, and check back for regular updates.
Regular updates will also be posted to our Facebook page and Twitter account (@AMNH).
Don’t be fooled by the “whale” in this animal’s common name: that’s a nod to the size of this species of shark. Sharks are not mammals, like whales, but are a group of fishes. Whale sharks, which can grow to more than 40 feet in length, are the world’s largest living fish.
Like various species of baleen whales, whale sharks are filter feeders. They bob up and down to pump prey-filled water over their gills or swim with their wide mouths agape. Despite their name, they are so gentle that snorkelers seek them out to swim alongside them.