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A Whale Shark Cooperates with the Diver Saving Him

Short | 01:22

A diver stumbles across a whale shark trapped in a commercial fishing line in a marine sanctuary that bans fishing. Seemingly sensing the diver is there to help, the giant fish lies still while the rope is cut. Unfortunately, accidental entanglement in fishing gear is a major threat to many already endangered marine species.


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The Revillagigedo Islands, about 200 miles off the coast of Mexico, may not look like much on the surface, but beneath is one of nature's best-kept secrets: a home to some of the greatest concentrations of fish in the world. This is the only natural juncture for miles in an otherwise empty Pacific Ocean, and a crucial area for migrating sharks and other apex predators. Enter a world where whitetip sharks share living quarters with giant lobsters, humpback whales breed and thrive, and scavengers like mantas and tuna feast on plentiful bait.

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