August 12, 2021
A diver recently “clicked” with a whale shark. Indeed, 36-year-old William Drumm found a large friend swimming about 20 miles off the coast of Isla Mujeres in Mexico—and decided to document the occasion with a selfie.
After a few tries, he managed to get the perfect image. The Coloradan explained that whale sharks are “so amazing.” The largest sharks on the planet, they “are often swimming with their mouths open as they filter tiny plankton from the water.”
On Instagram he described the encounter, noting that there were “millions of fish eggs in the water, which is likely what attracts all of these sharks every year. A whale shark can consume 30,000 calories or more per day, feeding on some of the smallest prey imaginable!”
Even without the photo, it would have been an unforgettable experience: “I felt so excited and honored to share the water with so many of these beautiful behemoths,” Drumm said, adding, ”Never have I seen so many whale sharks—at least 100 in a single day.”
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