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Whale shark

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Whale shark
Whale shark sprites.png


Urist likes whale sharks for their gentle nature.


· Aquatic

Cannot be tamed 
Birth: 1,000,000 cm3
Mid: 5,000,000 cm3
Max: 20,000,000 cm3

Adult at: 1
Max age: 20-30
Butchering returns

Food items

Meat 600-680
Fat 130-150
Brain 50
Heart 25
Intestines 152
Liver 50
Kidneys 50
Tripe 50
Sweetbread 25
Eyes 2
Spleen 25

Raw materials

Skull 1
Skin Raw hide

Wikipedia article

This article is about the current version of DF.
Note that some content may still need to be updated.

A gigantic filter-feeding fish found in tropical oceans.

Whale sharks are massive sharks who inhabit tropical oceans. They are among the largest creatures in the game and are the largest of all fish. Colossal as they are, they are benign and harmless to dwarves, who are more likely to drown by being on water, rather than being attacked by one of these. An infant whale shark is called a whale shark pup.

Being non-vermin fish, fisherdwarves can't fish whale sharks, but they can be caught in drowning chambers and butchered for an immense amount of returns. As cartilaginous fish, butchered whale sharks won't provide you with bones, though you'll still get a skull from them.

Some dwarves like whale sharks for their gentle nature.

Admired for its gentle nature.


  • Due to a developer oversight, the sprites for the whale shark and the whitetip reef shark are incorrectly swapped in-game.