Fish engulf diver in attempt to save themselves from whale shark

Thousands of fish engulf diver in mesmerizing attempt to save themselves from an approaching whale shark

  • Thousands of fish crowded around a diver to protect themselves from a shark
  • Diver Tobias Sachs can be seen floating in the sea near Hurghada, Egypt
  • Then the tiny fish burst around him to form a bait ball

Thousands of fish decided to crowd around an unsuspecting diver in a incredible attempt to protect themselves from a giant whale shark lurking behind.

In the footage Tobias Sachs can be seen floating in the sea near Hurghada, Egypt, as the tiny fish burst around him. 

Yet little did the diver know the group behaviour was a way to protect the creatures from an approaching whale shark. 

Thousands of fish decided to crowd around an unsuspecting diver in a incredible attempt to protect themselves from a giant whale shark lurking behind

In the footage Tobias Sachs can be seen floating in the sea near Hurghada, Egypt, as the tiny fish burst around him

According to diver Reinhart Hoft, 59, also known as James, his friend was so transfixed on the shimmering bait ball that had formed itself around him that he initially failed to notice the giant mammal creeping behind.

Bait balls form when small fish swarm in a tightly packed spherical formation about a common centre. 


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While divers have been known to swim into bait balls to take photographs and carry out research, footage of one building itself around a diver is quite rare.

The clip was shot by diver Rene Thies and fellow underwater enthusiasts have since said they were jealous not to have experienced with their own eyes.

Yet little did the diver know the group behaviour was a way to protect the creatures from an approaching whale shark

While divers have been known to swim into bait balls to take photographs and carry out research, footage of one building itself around a diver is quite rare

James, the manager of Blue Water Dive Resort, said: ‘The school of fish was seeking protection from the whale shark by being near the diver.

‘We have seen this behaviour before, but not when a diver is involved.

‘As usual, when a diver is yet to see something that is extremely exciting, we got the diver`s attention so that they could turn around [and see the whale shark].

‘The guests who did not get to experience the event were mostly jealous and amazeed.

Tobias was so transfixed on the shimmering bait ball that had formed itself around him that he initially failed to notice the giant mammal creeping behind

Bait balls form when small fish swarm in a tightly packed spherical formation about a common centre

‘We are incredibly thankful to our guest who shared this video, which helps us share the beauty of the Northern Red Sea that we get to experience every day.’

Rene, who filmed the moment, said: ‘Tobias was surprised and didn’t want to move.

‘This moment is a breathtaking situation in my film: the whale shark came and we all felt overpowered.

‘I was so happy that I could record it because we hardly believe what had just happened.’

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