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A man tried to ride a whale shark!

Listen to this article A shocking situation occurred in Saudi Arabia, where a man jumped from a yacht directly onto the back of a whale shark and then, holding onto its dorsal fin, tried to ride the animal. The man is Zaki Al-sabahy, who according to available information is a well-known stuntman in the region.
Published: August 19, 2020 - 12:35
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 20:50
A man tried to ride a whale shark!
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A shocking situation occurred in Saudi Arabia, where a man jumped from a yacht directly onto the back of a whale shark and then, holding onto its dorsal fin, tried to ride the animal. The man is Zaki Al-sabahy, who according to available information is a well-known stuntman in the region.

A video has surfaced on social media showing a whale shark calmly approaching a yacht and a man jumping from the deck into the water. The entire incident was recorded by his companions and shared online.

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Unfortunately this is not an isolated case of irresponsible behaviour, but a common practice. “Riding” whale sharks has been documented many times before, but apparently local authorities have failed to address the problem.

This reprehensible practice is extremely irresponsible and both nature lovers and scientists are trying to educate people about the dangers it poses to these gentle giants, but also to humans.

The whale shark is the world’s largest fish. Unfortunately, it is on the Red List of Threatened Species published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This is due to the negative impact of fishing, the loss of juveniles as a result of bycatch and even ship strikes. The fact that the species has a long life span and therefore matures late is also not insignificant.

Despite their large size, whale sharks are not dangerous, and younger animals can often be encountered during dives. Those who have the opportunity to meet a whale shark can consider themselves very lucky, and such an experience will certainly be remembered for a lifetime.

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Marcin Pawełczyk
Marcin’s journey with diving has been an adventure. Starting as a recreational diver, he soon found himself drawn to the fascinating stories and mysteries of Baltic wrecks. After gaining experience, Marcin decided to go beyond just leisurely exploration and took his training up a notch by completing the TMX course, allowing him to explore even deeper and uncover the secrets of inaccessible places. His next challenge has been cave diving, where he is honing his skills to become a certified diver. Not content to simply take in the breathtaking beauty of underwater life, Marcin has also embraced underwater photography since 2018, capturing stunning shots that bring these worlds alive for those who are unable to experience them first-hand. Marcin’s passion for the underwater has taken him far and is sure to continue doing so as he dives into new depths and captures breathtaking images.
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