A diver and huge whale shark worked together, leading to the rescue of whale shark from a fishing rope. And driver too did not have to face the fury of the big shark as it had sensed that the diver was going to save it.
The whale shark is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest known extant fish species.
This event was captured in waters off Socorro Island, part of the Revillagigedo Archipelago, 200 miles off the coast of Mexico.
The huge shark had been wrapped with a commercial fishing line, which was slowly digging into the shark’s pectoral fins.
The image shows the diver appearing and swimming up to the giant fish to try and cut it free.
The whale shark seemed to sense the diver was trying to help, and it became still to allow the rope to be cut in just a few seconds.
The monment was filmed as part of the nature series Secrets of Shark Island , which is mage being screened on the Smithsonian Channel.
Despite their colossal size, whale sharks are incredibly docile fish, who pose little threat to humans.
Interestingly, the whale shark holds many records for sheer size in the animal kingdom, most notably being by far the largest living non-mammalian vertebrate. It is the sole member of the genus Rhincodon and the family, Rhincodontidae (called Rhiniodon and Rhinodontidae before 1984), which belongs to the subclass Elasmobranchii in the class Chondrichthyes. The species originated about 60 million years ago.