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Whale Shark Startles Spear Fishers in Encounter Caught on Video

By    |   Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 01:48 PM

A whale shark surprised two spear fishers in the Atlantic Ocean recently, and video footage of the chance encounter has gone viral across social media sites this week.

The man holding the camera spotted the giant fish early on, and tried to signal to his friend up ahead. Before he could get his attention, however, the shark crashed right into the cameraman, prompting him to emit a muffled scream.

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The creature had its mouth agape, but moved on after checking out the swimmers. They laughed with relief as the majestic creature disappeared into the distance.

Whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea. They live on a diet of plankton, and there's no past evidence that they've ever intentionally killed a human. That said, the swimmers were never really in danger, but the video does show the unnerving yet awe-inspiring emotion an encounter can elicit.

Whale sharks measure in at an average 18 to 32 feet, and weight roughly 20 tons. They prefer warm waters and inhabit all tropical seas. They are sometimes hunted by humans in places like the Philippines.

 



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