Er . . . . . . . Is That A Shark Behind You?


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While this picture may appear to be something out of a horror movie, it is an actual picture taken off the coast of Durban, South Africa. However, do not worry, this story has a happy ending!

Sam Bester and her friend Fiona Ayerst were out diving and admiring the beautiful marine life in the warm Indian Ocean waters, when Fiona, who was slightly behind Sam, noticed this Whale Shark following her friend.

She quickly took this picture, but before she could warn her buddy, the menacing looking creature took off, totally ignoring Sam, who had no clue what was going on behind her.

They later found out that the creature was a Whale Shark, who feeds largely on plankton. And the reason its mouth was wide open is because they are filter feeders - they suck in large amounts of water, which then sieves through their unique gills that lets the water out and retains the food. While they have teeth, they play no role in their eating.

Whale sharks, are the largest living fish, which grow up to 65 ft in length and have a lifespan of about 70 years. While they are called 'Whale', they have the skeleton of a shark and are therefore considered fish, not mammals.

Despite their daunting looks, these creatures are gentle giants and pose no danger to humans, except of course if one gets smacked by the large tail - Lucky for Sam, she was in front of the massive creature.


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  • Er...Friday, October 12, 2018 at 6:52 am
    is there a shark behind you?
    • Bob the guyFriday, May 18, 2018 at 7:40 am
      Inferno how would you get sucked inside? If a whale shark could do that it'll be the end of the world!
      • infernodragon
        infernodragonWednesday, May 16, 2018 at 12:48 am
        oh my gosh that is so cool but what about the tiny fish their number will decrease alot
        • infernodragon
          infernodragonWednesday, May 16, 2018 at 12:45 am
          isn't that kind of dangerous?? i know that whale sharks don't eat humans but this might be dangerous because the person could of maybe get sucked in by mistake
          • jackie2008Friday, May 4, 2018 at 9:01 am
            whale sharks don't eat humans
            • Bob the guyWednesday, April 25, 2018 at 9:19 am
              Whale sharks don't eat people or anything large, despite their size. It's funny how the largest creatures don't eat people but the smallest ones dog :)
              • Hiss Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 6:40 am
                Funny sharks whale sharks don’t eat people they eat small fish and plankton
                • horror king Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 12:16 pm
                  geting it for school
                  • cutecat6
                    cutecat6Monday, January 8, 2018 at 2:19 pm
                    OMG! What if the whale shark ate him?! Like this comment and please follow me so I will follow you.
                    • kittycatFriday, January 5, 2018 at 11:28 am
                      omg! i love sharks