Cristina Mittermeier

2 weeks ago

“A minnow of its own kind” is what my friend @andy_mann would call this baby whale shark. I am very used to encounters with the massive adult versions of this fish, but I was completely surprised when the animal whose shape materialized out of the visibility range off of Darwin’s Arch, turned out to be, not a large Galapagos shark, like I had thought, but instead a very tiny whale shark. When I swam up to it, I realized that even though this is still a very large fish, especially when compared to the other fish tailing it, it was no bigger than myself and that it couldn’t have been born more than a few days or weeks ago. This is so uncommon and unreal, I feel really lucky to have shared a few fin strokes with this newborn marvel as it explored its watery home. With @sealegacy @paulnicklen @shawnheinrichs @mishajannard @luksth #babysharkdududu #shark #whaleshark #baby #babyanimals #lookatthatface

92 Comments

judithnovia

Omg that is awesome!!!

2 weeks ago

Fernando Ugarte

I just read that the large ones can be well over 100 years old. If they grow only a few centimetres every year, a human-sized one could be a few years old. Probably not sexually mature, but more a child than a baby. In any case, thanks again for yet another amazing picture and a good story that increases awareness

2 weeks ago

Nicholas Hess

That's fascinating because there is so little we know about their life cycles.

2 weeks ago

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2 weeks ago

Christine

Where on earth is its mother? Did you see her too? Can baby sharks survive with no maternal input and teaching?

2 weeks ago

JulyJackalope

Wow! What a cool encounter! So, they don't spend much time with Mama then... my assumption is they would.. but most sharks don't, right?

2 weeks ago

Angela Miller Buono

I love that most are never alone. They always have friends with them

2 weeks ago

Jules

Is the mum around?😊🐾🇨🇦

2 weeks ago

Criaturas do Planeta Azul

It’s great coming here and see your adventures every day! It really makes me want to be there with you! 💙

2 weeks ago

Aqib Rajput

Good one 👌👍

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Daryn

Incredible. I just got back from diving in the Galapagos. How much time did you spend in the water there? I was in the water less than 6 hours total and saw some amazing creatures just in that time.

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Lucas M. Bustamante

Love it! 🤗

2 weeks ago

Nancy L Hoffmann

♥️💕❤️💗

2 weeks ago

Carolyn Jean Doan

Wow! What a special encounter!

2 weeks ago

Bria Shay Neff

Soooo beautiful 💕

2 weeks ago

Marlene G

So beautiful and marvelous!

2 weeks ago

Australia/ Europe/ Asia/ World

Wow hope cute 😍

2 weeks ago

April

Stay safe bb shark!

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