By Josh Saunders
A massive ten metre whale shark is showing off his impressive mouth by ‘opening wide’ in this impressive and rare recording while feeding.
The over-whale-ming footage was captured in the waters off La Paz, Mexico, by underwater videographer Stefano Ulivi, 42, who says the sight was a moment ‘everyone wants to capture’.
The whale shark, a gentle giant of the ocean, swims into a vertical, upright position before filtering water for the plankton – some of the smallest microscopic prey.
In the footage shot last year but recently released, Stefano got up close and personal with the world’s largest fish – that measured a whopping ten metres in length and with a 1.5 metre jaw.
As the whale shark opened its mouth to filter for food, the videographer was able to obtain impressive footage detailing the inside the creature’s magnificent mouth.
Stefano, originally from Florence, Italy, said: “In this video you can perfectly see the behaviour of the whale shark.
“Every underwater videographer wants to capture this moment, normally when it’s swimming it is too fast to keep up with.
“The whale shark here is feeding in a vertical position, they stop every single movement resting upright then open their mouth and filtering the water.
“Usually when they are feeding they prefer to be in a vertical position because it’s easier find plankton and krill close to the surface.
“I felt very small compared to the whale shark, especially as you can see I could have entered its mouth.
“When this big guy was passing in front of me he was like a train and at least ten metres in length.
“It’s always impressive seeing sights like this, you never learn or tire of this.”
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