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Diver who Nearly Got Swallowed

The diver who nearly got swallowed by a whale shark″Isla Mujeres, Mexico Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water... This diver almost got sucked into the mouth of a massive whale shark while it fed on thousands of plankton. The photograph was taken during a feeding frenzy where more than 600 of the 40ft animals gathered to feed on tuna spawn. The shark, the sea's largest fish, is actually incredibly docile. Whale sharks have mouths up to 1.5 metres wide that contain up to 350 rows of teeth. Despite their size, they do not pose a risk to divers. Each year they converge in water off Mexico where they filter feed by sieving plankton from the water. They swim with their huge mouth open sucking masses of water filled with spawn into its jaws.The relieved diver escaped from the encounter unscathed and continued to enjoy the presence of the extraordinary animals.

photo by Mauricio Handler

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