Giant Whale Shark is Photographed Looming Beneath a Boat Full of Tourists
This is the amazing moment a giant whale shark is photographed looming beneath a boat full of tourists.
The enormous whale shark—the world’s largest species of fish—appears to dwarf the boat as it floats just below the surface in a crystal clear sea.
The extraordinary image was taken by Tom Cannon, 26, earlier this week 6 km (3.7 miles) off the coast of Western Australia, and captures the gaping abyss of the whale shark’s giant mouth.
He said: “The animal in the picture is what is called a whale shark and is the largest fish on the planet.
“It spends most of its time living mysteriously at depths unreachable by humans but from March until July they can be seen of the back of the Ningaloo Reef In Coral Bay and Exmouth, Australia.”
“I wasn’t scared,” Cannon said. “We swim with these guys quite a lot and people come from across the world to see them.”
The whale shark is a docile fish and often shies away from anything they feel threatened by. They are slow-moving filter feeders that can grow up to 40 feet in length and weigh 20 tons.
Cannon continued: “This particular shark was really curious and spent the entire 50 minutes on the surface with us chasing bubbles and checking everybody out.
“This was a rare experience to have such a curious playful shark. They usually swim in straight lines in search of food.”
The people on board the boat were customers and staff members of Cannon’s company, Ocean Collective Media. The company charters tours to see whale sharks and manta rays.
Cannon was originally born in England but moved to Australia when he was 13.
Video credit: SWNS