Incredible drone footage: Watch whale sharks feasting on plankton
It was plankton and tuna dining season this summer at Mexico’s Isla Mujeres as a drone filmed half a dozen hungry whale sharks feed on their seasonal dish.
The sharks were accompanied by a couple of manta rays, one of the biggest fish in the ocean, whose triangular fins can be up to 7 meters wide.
Watching the whale shark, the largest shark species, and mantas feed is quite a sight, and each year thousands flock to the Mexican coast to either observe the ritual or take a dip together with the hasteless giants.
Despite its beauty, the whale shark is hunted for many benefits – oil, fins and meat – and thus often ends up on someone’s dinner table. Campaigns are under way to protect the 60 million-year-old creature.