By Katy Gill
This diver managed to become one of the crowd – “ as he swam alongside a whale shark mother and her babies.
In the amazing encounter, off the coast of the Thai island of Koh Tao, Nicolas Filgueira Risso was able to get close enough to touch the huge fish.
The entire time the shark calmly glides through the water with dozens of pups darting all around her.
The video was taken by the Argentinian photographer and videographer on April 15.
Nicolas said: “I only started diving around seven months ago, but since then I have been diving every day.
“I also taught myself underwater photography. I used to be a fashion photographer before that.
“This was the first whale shark I had ever seen, and it felt very special.
“I can only compare the experience to the first time I saw a manta ray.
“It made me feel more connected with nature.
“Unfortunately I only spent about six minutes with the creature, as it was near the end of the dive and I was running out of air.
“Of course it’s not everyone’s first thought to go towards a whale shark, but it’s not strange for them to let you approach them, and it’s what I do.”