Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Bieber took the Internet by surprise after he posted a picture on his Instagram page. Bieber posted an image of an enormous whale shark swimming right underneath a boat. The picture creates an impression that the whale shark can swallow the boat at any moment. Justin Bieber posted the image with a caption, “This photo is real! WHALE SHARK biggest fish in the ocean.”
Netizens were in awe of the photograph and expressed their opinion in the comment section. “And this is why I'M AFRAID OF OCEAN!!!” commented a user. “I am wondering who took this picture,” TikTok star Aashiv Midha commented. The post got more than 2.5 million likes and 16,000 comments within seven hours.
The Instagram post got a lot of traction and the Internet was divided over the authenticity of the photograph. The photographer, Tom Cannon, revealed that though the whale shark in the photograph is real, the picture creates an illusion of being directly below the vessel. In an interview with a news portal, Cannon said that the whale shark spent a lot of time at the surface and was checking everybody out on the boat. People aboard the vessel were quite amazed by the behaviour of the whale shark, the news portal quoted Cannon saying.
Cannon asked to help the whale sharks as their existence is threatened by the increasing pollution. The whale shark is listed as endangered species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list. Whale sharks is a variety of shark which has earned its name due to its size, which is as large as some species of whales. It is found in the tropical and warm-temperate seas. Notwithstanding its mammoth size, whale sharks are docile in nature and do not pose danger to humans.