Large Whale Shark Follows And Circles Boat

Published January 3, 2018 3,054 Plays

Rumble / Wild WildlifeThese people witnessed a wonderful surprise while boating in the Sea of Cortez in Baja, Mexico. They were looking for whale sharks when in fact this friendly whale shark was looking for them! Watch as it repeatedly follows them in this incredible clip!

Watch as the huge whale shark peacefully swims along the 14 foot boat, being careful not to disrupt the waters or cause any distress to the onlookers. This shark species are known for their seamless gliding through the water, and it has a long history on this planet. Long being about 60 million years ago, so it's no exaggeration to say that it's one of the oldest known species of sharks.

These peaceful creatures live on the open seas, although they can not be found in the deep ocean. They can also dive to a distance as deep as 5,900 feet. Their diet consists mostly of plankton, fish eggs and larvae, which means that the boaters in this video have nothing to worry about because unlike Jaws, this fella isn't after human blood.

Whale sharks are very docile, and in some instances they can even allow a diver to hitch a ride on them, although this practice is not recommended by shark experts - not because there is a threat to the humans, but because this disturbs the sharks. That's why the boaters are happy with only catching this big whale shark on tape and snapping a few cool photos.