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Whale shark goes on display in Yokohama

A whale shark swims in a large pool at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Yokohama's Kanazawa Ward on Oct. 8, 2018. (Mainichi/Kimi Takeuchi)

YOKOHAMA -- A whale shark has gone on display at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in this city's Kanazawa Ward -- the only one of its kind currently exhibited in eastern Japan.

The whale shark, the world's biggest type of fish, has been placed in a large aquarium reproducing the ecosystem of Tokyo Bay, where it glides through the water alongside sardines, horse mackerels and chub mackerels.

Measuring 4.5 meters in length, the male fish strayed into a stationary net off Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture, the gate to Tokyo Bay, in late August. The species can grow to more than 12 meters in length. It will become difficult for the creature to live in the pool when it exceeds 5.5 meters, so it will be released into the sea at that time. The fish will be raised for about two years, according to the facility.

(Japanese original by Kimi Takeuchi, Photo Group)

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