Ever wonder what the inside of a whale shark’s mouth looks like? The lack of teeth may be comforting.
I recently went swimming with whale sharks off the coast of Baja, California.
My brother was brave enough to stick the GoPro into the whale shark’s mouth.
As docile as whale sharks are, I still feel like they could hurt you just by their sheer size.
You need to keep your distance anyways because these gentle giants are protected by international law, so please don’t report my family because my brother gets damn close.
Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the world, the biggest measured at 41.5 feet and weighing 47,000 pounds. This one we found was maybe 20 feet so it must have been a baby. It was tiny, really. Right?
“Whale shark” in Spanish is translated as “sea toad,” and watching their gaping mouths as they feed on plankton, I can see the resemblance.
Although from the surface, it’s clear why we call them sharks when you see their dorsal fins poking out of the water.
It takes a little encouragement to jump into the water with these monstrosities but once you get to know them, they are harmless. And once you see the inside of their mouths, the fear definitely is lost.