Have you ever tried diving? Most of my friends who did claim that it is one of the most exciting experiences they have had so far.
To get the chance just to peek into the depths of an ocean or sea is enchanting, but it cannot be compared to the satisfaction one gets after spending some time exploring the world underwater.
Yet, I believe spotting a giant creature while diving into the quiet depths of the ocean is a real adventure! This is what happened to divers in Portugal, who spotted a gigantic sunfish, swimming near Santa Maria Island.
Sunfish live in temperate and tropical oceans around the world. Ocean sunfish, also known as Mola mola, is the largest known bony fish in the world and can weigh up to 5,000 pounds. Fortunately, they are harmless to humans and feed mainly on jellyfish.
A truly cosmopolitan species, the behemoths can be found worldwide, but encounters like this one are very rare, as they spend their entire lives in the open ocean.
This footage of the gigantic sunfish was captured on film by photographer Miguel Pereira. It dwarfed the divers as it swam past slowly, and due to the clear water, the photos and videos of the amazing animals are spectacular.
“A few days before, my camera was damaged when the underwater housing flooded. The bad luck was compensated when diving with a GoPro I saw the giant Sunfish almost at surface level and practically static. The Sunfish seemed not to be bothered by our presence at all and followed us for 15 minutes.”
The fish looked pretty innocuous and enjoyed the attention, and Pereira added that this encounter was the “most spectacular moment” he has had as a diver.