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Giant whale shark ‘videobombs’ tourists swimming in the Philippines [Video]

Close encounter! Moment giant whale shark ‘videobombs’ kids swimming in Philippines

  • Footage from a group of tourists shows the gentle giants ‘videobomb’ them
  • Milkie Espinosa Rodrigo and her friends swam in Oslob, Cebu City, Philippines
  • She said: ‘It was an incredible, amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience’


This is the spectacular moment huge whale sharks ‘videobombed’ a tourist group’s vlog in the Philippines.

The footage from Milkie Espinosa Rodrigo and her friends shows the gentle giant approaching the group as they swam in Oslob, Cebu City.

Oslob is a small coastal town that is famous for the whale sharks that roam its seas.

Milkie said of the fantastic moment: ‘It was a bit scary at first as the shark seemed a little too friendly.

‘They kept coming close even when we shooed them away.

‘We’ve been wanting to do this for years and we were finally able to push the trip through despite the pandemic.

‘It was an incredible, amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience.’

The footage of the group of friends swimming in the sea of Oslob, Cebu City, Philippines shows the gentle giant approaching them as it goes up to the surface

The first whale shark can be seen putting their open mouth to the surface, which the species does to filter out plankton

The first whale shark can be seen putting their open mouth to the surface, which the species does to filter out plankton

The group are holding onto the wooden beams attached to either side of the boat as they are filmed waving to the camera above and under the water.

As the camera becomes submerged, the shadow of a whale shark can be seen looming in the background.

The first whale shark can be seen putting their open mouth to the surface, which the species does to filter out plankton.

They are classified as the largest fish on the planet as they grow up to 39-feet-long, and can live for up to 150 years.

But they are endangered and classified as a threatened species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. 

The group held onto the wooden beams attached to either side of the boat, as pictured, as they are filmed waving to the camera above and under the water

The group held onto the wooden beams attached to either side of the boat, as pictured, as they are filmed waving to the camera above and under the water

The group held onto the wooden beams attached to either side of the boat as they are filmed waving to the camera above and under the water.

Tourist Milkie Espinosa Rodrigo, who had the footage, ‘It was an incredible, amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience’

Experts say that these sharks pose no significant danger to humans as their diet consists of plankton and tiny fish

Experts say that these sharks pose no significant danger to humans as their diet consists of plankton and tiny fish

At first, members of the group move away from the animal to make space between them.

The grey spotted giant is calm, as is their nature, and the tourists begin to realise they are not in danger.

Experts say that these sharks pose no significant danger to humans as their diet consists of plankton and tiny fish. 

They begin to take the experience as a photo opportunity, posing for the camera and giving thumbs up as they smile next to the whale shark. 

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