Having a whale of a time! American animal nut hitches a lift with world’s largest fish
Fearsome beast or gentle giant? One intrepid adventurer has been up close and personal with the whale shark to find out.
Whilst working alongside a team of marine biologists, American outdoorsman Forrest Galante was able to hitch a ride with the world’s largest species of fish.
Given the sheer size of the whale shark (the largest one ever measured was a whopping 13.5 metres long) Forrest was asked if he felt scared in their presence.
“Not at all, they are gentle giants,” he said.
“I was helping out a team of marine biologists conduct a survey on whale shark population estimates, to identify returning sharks year on year and to see growth rates of individuals.
“We were out for three days on the whole and it was on the first evening that I was able to have such an amazing interaction with the largest shark.”
Forrest, who has appeared on several TV shows stateside, is no stranger to encounters with sharks and says he hopes to come across more amazing creatures in the future.
“I have previously been in the water with the hammerhead along with various other sharks,” he said.
“As my passion and job revolves around amazing wildlife, I continue to seek encounters (both in the water and out) with all the most fantastic creatures I can.”