A whale shark crashed into a cameraman who was shooting video footage of the oceans, according to a report by Today. The scary encounter happened while two men were in the ocean — one a cameraman, the other a friend. The friend had tried desperately to warn the cameraman that a whale shark was nearby and headed straight for him, but by the time the man with the camera looked up, the whale shark was charging toward him with its large mouth agape, later crashing into him. The cameraman then lets out a muffled scream but quickly laughs it off when he realized he had not been eaten alive. No one was hurt in the incident.
Whale sharks are typically very friendly sea creatures and not considered to be a threat to humans. Their very large bodies which can grow up to 65 feet lengthwise and weigh over 70,000 pounds, which is enough to intimidate anyone who sees a whale shark coming toward them. The whale shark’s mouth alone is 4.9 feet wide.
According to AOL Travel, the non-aggressive whale shark eats fish and plankton and lives in the warm open waters of the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. They are known to be very slow swimmers.
One man scaled a whale fish and rode on its back in New York City. In an interview with Indefinitely Wild, fisherman Steve Fernandez stated that he was out fishing off the coastal waters of New York City when he spotted a whale fish. That’s when the brave fisherman proceeded to approach the whale shark, climb on top of it, and hold on to its fin as the whale shark ate “chunks of fish.”
It was an exhilarating experience for him, no doubt. However, officials at the Center for Shark Research at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium advise humans to leave whale sharks alone, thus avoiding injury to the themselves and the protective coating of the whale shark.
As indicated in previous Inquisitr articles, humans have been fascinated with sharks and the ocean for centuries. The subject of sharks in general have made great horror and kids movies over the years. The 1975 movie Jaws depicted a dangerous Great White shark. The 2003 film Open Water showed the terrifying true story of scuba divers Tom and Eileen Lonergan which featured an Oceanic White Tip shark. The movie 12 Days of Terror debuted in 2004, which was based on the true story of the 1916 Jersey Shore Great White shark attacks.