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Gulp! Diver is almost swallowed by whale shark

July 22, 2011 at 9:12 AM ET

These remarkable photos by Mauricio Handler show a diver in Mujeres, Mexico who was almost sucked into the mouth of a giant whale shark while photographing underwater marine life in July 2011.  According to the Daily Mail, the diver escaped from the encounter without injury.

Mauricio Handler/ Handlerphoto.com via Solent News & Photo Agency /

Whale sharks are incredibly docile, who filter-feed, swimming with their wide mouths open, collecting plankton and small fish. They have mouths up to nearly 5 feet wide that contain up to 350 rows of teeth and despite their size, do not pose a risk to divers. Click here to read more about these marvelous creatures.

Mauricio Handler/ Handlerphoto.com via Solent News & Photo Agency /
Mauricio Handler/ Handlerphoto.com via Solent News & Photo Agency /

See more photos of creatures on Animal Tracks.

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