It was filmed off the coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico, which from early winter to late spring is a haven for whale sharks. They return every season to the bay waters close to the city of La Paz.
Aerial cinematographer Tarsicio Sañudo Suarez, 36, said it was a “special” moment when he realised what was happening.
“At that moment I was in a boat with the people of the Whale Museum of La Paz,” said Aerial cinematographer Tarsicio Sañudo Suarez, 36, “I realised what was happening. Whale sharks are gentle and they cannot harm humans.”
Boy, 16, catches monster 3.5 meters bull shark at popular swimming spot while out fishing with his mates.
They can grow to 12.5 metres in length and weight as much as 35 tonnes and can live for 70 years.
The endangered species, which is under protection by international and Mexican law, originated around 60 million years ago.
Whale shark tours are popular in La Paz, and according to Baja Insider they do not usually surface and can be difficult to locate – which makes the footage Tarsicio captured all the more incredible.