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AnimalID

Name

5504

Whale Shark

LocationName:

Tropical Oceans Worldwide

Origin:

Zoo Tycoon Complete

PurchaseCost:

$2,800

RequiresResearch:

No

IsClimber:

No

IsJumper:

No

 

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Description:

The whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is the largest fish in the world. This shark is so large that before its scientific discovery in 1828, fishermen who caught a glimpse of the whale shark often thought they were viewing a sea monster. In Japan, the whale shark is called ebisuzame and is considered good luck. In Vietnam it is known as Ca Ong. Vietnamese fisherman pray to a god of the same name.

Individual members of the species have been known to be 60 feet long, but 32 feet is more common for an adult whale shark. Whale sharks are darker in color than many other sharks, with a gray to blue back and a white belly. These sharks also have unique patterns of spots and lines on their backs and sides. Whale sharks have huge heads that are broad and flat, and end in a giant mouth. Despite their appearance, these sharks are docile and harmless.

Whale sharks are suction feeders. They have long gill rakers which they use to suck plankton, tiny crustaceans, and small fish into their mouths. The small teeth that line their mouths are used only to hold food inside and keep it from swimming away. When a whale shark finds a school of small fish, it feeds by bobbing up and down, filling its mouth each time it passes through the school.

The whale shark lives in tropical and warm temperate waters in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. Although they much prefer warm water, whale sharks have been found as far north as Long Island, off the coast of the northeastern United States. Usually, these gentle fish can be found swimming slowly near the surface, looking for food. Because of their huge size, whale sharks are homes to other animals - jacks and pilot fish live on whale sharks, like a reef.

Whale sharks are not social fish, rarely found in groups. Scientists have never seen a whale shark give birth, but they have found egg sacs in pregnant females. This suggests that females hatch eggs inside of them and then give birth to live young.

Like many sharks, fishing for whale sharks is strictly controlled, since over fishing and fin harvesting have greatly reduced populations. Although whale sharks are not dangerous to people, they can be a danger to navigation -- collisions with ships can cause a great deal of damage.

Attractiveness Adult:

Attractiveness Young:

Initial Happiness:

Habitat Preference:

70
80
75
70

Captivity:

Crowd:

CrowdHappiness Change:

ClimbsCliffs:

20
35
-5
No

 

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The Life Cycle

Who do they like to live with and eat?

 

To build a good animal exhibit you need to ask a few questions: (click them for the answers)

Which tank wall is suitable for this animal?     Remember that all tanks need a tank filter!

How big should the exhibit be and what Depth should the tank be?

What foliage should be used?

What rocks should be used?

What shelter does the animal need?

What toy does the animal like?

Does this animal perform in a show?

No

 

TankWallName

Purchase Cost

See Through

Height

Strength

Life

Cost Effective

Concrete Edge and Glass

$125

Yes

3

500

13

10.4

Atlantean Tank Wall

$125

Yes

3

500

13

10.4

Solid Concrete

$125

No

3

500

13

10.4

Black Bar and Glass

$130

Yes

3

500

13

10.0

 

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Animal Density

Min

Number of Animals/Exhibit

Max

20

1

 

3

TankDepth
6
 
28

Terrain Name

Value

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Saltwater
100
20
40
60
80
100
120
140
160
180
200

Rocks

12
10
19
29
38
48
58
67
77
86
96

Foliage

18
4
7
11
14
18
22
25
29
32
36

Exhibit Size

100
20
40
60
80
100
120
140
160
180
200

 

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ID

Value

TreeName

Foliage Effect

Cost/ Square

Cost Effective

7417
8
Sea Grass
8
$100
8.0
7407
6
Feather Duster Worm
6
$120
5.0
7419
6
Stove Pipe Sponge
6
$150
4.0
7406
6
Divercate Tree Coral
6
$125
4.8
7408
6
Fire Coral
6
$150
4.0
7409
3
Kelp
3
$125
2.4
7410
3
Sea Lettuce
3
$110
2.7
7404
3
Clam Bed
3
$125
2.4
7401
3
Barnacles
3
$75
4.0
7415
3
Sea Star
3
$125
2.4
7416
3
Seaweed
3
$100
3.0
7405
3
Orange Cup Coral
3
$155
1.9

 

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ID

Value

RockName

Size X

Size Y

Rock

Rock Effect

Purchase Cost

Cost Effective

9235
6
Small Ocean Floor Rock
1
1
Yes
24
$100
24.0
9239
6
Large Coral Formation
4
6
Yes
6
$175
3.4
9238
6
Medium Ocean Floor Rock
2
2
Yes
6
$150
4.0
9237
6
Large Ocean Floor Rock
4
4
Yes
6
$165
3.6
9236
6
Medium Coral Formation
4
4
Yes
6
$150
4.0
9241
6
Isle Rock
8
8
Yes
6
$150
4.0

 

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Shelter ID

Shelter Name

Shelter Value

Shelter Effect

Purchase Cost

Capacity

Requires Research

 

none

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ToyID

ToyName

ToyValue

PurchaseCost

6466
Fake Clam
100
$185
6468
Treasure Chest
100
$185
6470
Deep Sea Diver
100
$200

 

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ReproductionChance:

High

SickChance:

5

ReproductionInterval(months):

21

SickChange:

-12

HappyReproduceThreshold:

97

DeathChance:

10

Offspring:

2

TimeDeath(months):

36

BabyToAdult(months):

4

 

 

SkipTrickHappiness:

 

SkipTrickChance:

 

 

SalinityChange:

-10

SalinityHealthChange:

-20

PooWaterImpact:

5

MurkyWaterThreshold:

60

MurkyWaterChange:

-5

MurkyWaterHealthChange:

-5

VeryMurkyWaterThreshold:

20

ExtremelyMurkyWaterThreshold

1

VeryMurkyWaterChange:

-10

ExtremelyMurkyWaterChange

-15

VeryMurkyWaterHealthChange:

-10

ExtremelyMurkyWaterHealthChange:

-15

 

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Compatible Animals

Prey Animals

none  

KeeperFoodType:

Krill
  Lion's Mane Jelly

 

General Information

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Who do they like to live with and eat?