Sharing a moment with animals in their natural habitat is an unforgettable experience for all animal lovers. But, when it comes to ocean lovers, things get even more exciting. First of all, because the ocean is not our natural habitat and we need equipment to be able to breathe normally underwater, and second, the ocean is a home of the biggest living animals on the planet.
Have a close encounter with a whale shark is not the same as seeing an elephant from close. They’re both huge, but the thing with the shark is that you’re a total intruder on their territory. Here you can find the top close encounters with the biggest ocean animals.
Orcas are highly intelligent, beautiful ocean giants with a bad reputation. For many people, these gorgeous creatures are killing machines that will chase you around and tear you apart. This is not quite true because yes, they are carnivorous unlike the other whales but they are far from cold-blooded murders. They kill to eat just like all the big animals in Nature.
Great hammerhead shark
The Great Hammerhead is the largest among the other hammerheads. It can grow up to 20 feet. This solitary predator’s diet varies, and it includes crabs, lobster, squid, sardines, tarpon, and their specialty are the gray reef sharks.
The Blue whales are the largest creatures on Earth. They are 100 feet long and can weigh 120-180 tons. Their heart is huge with a size of a Volkswagen Beattle. They can shoot water up to 30 feet through their blowhole. These magnificent giants feed mainly on krill that inhabits all the world’s oceans. An adult blue whale eats around 40 million krill per day.
The humpback whales are simply gorgeous ocean mammals that feed on planktons. They are known as the greatest singers of the underwater world, though when you hear them sing is not actually how you imagined it. Anyway, diving alongside a humpback is an incomparable experience that you can never forget in your life. Male humpbacks can reach up to 46 feet, while the females are slightly larger with 52 feet.
Giant oceanic manta ray
If you’re ever any near Big Island, Hawaii and you like diving, don’t miss the chance to see this elegant ocean beauty. It can grow up to 23 feet and weigh 2980 lb. The giant oceanic manta ray is characteristic for its dark dorsal color and white at the end of the fins.
The Sperm whales are the largest toothed whales among the whale species and the largest toothed animals on the planet. They have a very big head full of a semi-liquid substance called spermaceti. This liquid helps the sperm whales to produce clicking sounds that they need for communication. The sperm whale can dive 3,280 feet in search of food and can hold its breath for 90 minutes.
Great white shark
The animals considered as the biggest man eaters in the world which can be true if you have bad luck, but the things are not as we think. Humans kill sharks many times more than sharks kill men. So, after all the big white is not the worst predator on Earth.
Diving with the biggest ocean animals is quite an adventure. If you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you. It may seem like an extreme sport, but it’s not. As soon as you do it once and you get used to their massiveness, you would like to do it over and over again. Diving itself is a super fun underwater activity, and if you add more thrill to it like a dive with a large animal, you’ll be the happiest person ever. Good luck!
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