June 11, 2013 by Pete Thomas
Eduardo Acevedo Fernandez was not swallowed by the gigantic sea creature he encountered recently near the Canary Islands. But the short period he spent only a few feet away from the freakish-looking behemoth “were five seconds I will never forget in my life.”
The creature, although it resembles an alien being you might see featured in a science-fiction movie, was identified by Acevedo as a Bryde’s whale.
Acevedo’s extraordinary photographs reveal the gargantuan mammal just as it has ingested practically an entire school of bait fish. If you look closely, you can see its eye and, in two of the photos, its dorsal fin.
Bryde’s whales are capable of extending and dislocating their lower jaw while feeding, in a manner similar to that of snakes, to encompass more foot. Their throat pleats, visible in the photos, span more than half of their bodies. This helps explain the balloon effect captured by Acevedo.
To capture these kind of images requires a combination of luck, bravado, and more luck.