"Above And Below"
This amazing footage was filmed on location at Bahia De Los Angeles, Baja California, Mexico courtesy of our friends Pancho and Charlie at Silver Shark Adventures @silversharkadventures
- What it looks like above and below the surface when a 30 ft. whale shark is feeding. Two perspectives of the same whale shark going completely vertical in the nutrient rich waters of Bahía de los Ángeles. Drone footage courtesy of my good friend Mike Nulty @nuttynulty
capturing Ivan Verdugo, Alexis @lexiselias
with the largest species of fish on the planet.
🔵The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving, filter-feeding carpet shark and the largest known extant fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 m (41.5 ft) and a weight of about 21.5 t (47,000 lb). The whale shark holds many records for sheer size in the animal kingdom, most notably being by far the largest living nonmammalian vertebrate. It is the sole member of the genus Rhincodon and the only extant member of the family Rhincodontidaewhich belongs to the subclass Elasmobranchii in the class Chondrichthyes. Before 1984 it was classified as Rhiniodoninto Rhinodontidae. The species originated about 60 million years ago.
Despite its size, the whale shark does not pose significant danger to humans. Whale sharks are docile fish and sometimes allow swimmers to catch a ride, although this practice is discouraged by shark scientists and conservationists because of the disturbance to the sharks. Younger whale sharks are gentle and can play with divers. Underwater photographers such as Fiona Ayerst have photographed them swimming close to humans without any danger.
The shark is seen by divers in many places, including the Bay Islands in Honduras, Thailand, the Philippines, the Maldives close to Maamigili (South Ari Atoll), the Red Sea, Western Australia (Ningaloo Reef, Christmas Island), Taiwan, Panama (Coiba Island), Belize, Tofo Beach in Mozambique, Sodwana Bay (Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park) in South Africa, the Galapagos Islands, Saint Helena, Isla Mujeres (Caribbean Sea), La Paz, Baja California Sur and Bahía de los Angeles.