Marine biologist Simon Pierce, who studies whale sharks, happened to be in the right place at the right time to capture amazing photo off Cancun, Mexico

February 05, 2014 by David Strege

Simon Pierce was diving off Isla Murjeres in Mexico when he happened to find himself in the right place at the right time to capture an image of a whale shark about to consume another diver, swimming near the surface with a snorkel. Or at least that’s what appears to be unfolding in the photo above.

Pierce is a marine biologist from New Zealand who does research and conservation work on threatened marine species with his main focus being the whale shark, the biggest fish on Earth. Whale sharks are harmless to humans.

The largest known aggregation of whale sharks in the world are these waters off Cancun, and on this day there were 100 whale sharks swimming in the area.

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