What is the largest sea creature you have seen while diving?

+6 votes
asked May 25, 2017 in Scuba Diving by NinjaShark (3,775 points)
Mine was a huge Goliath grouper. No idea how big it was but it was certainly longer than 6ft and had such girth! It was incredible

9 Answers

+5 votes
answered May 27, 2017 by Drbilly1 (60 points)
Was doing an amazing trip on a 50 foot sailboat in Roatan Honduras and had a whale shark go under us. Was longer than the boat! Had to jump in and swim with it. Truly a great experience! So majestic and gentle. Will never forgot that experience!
+3 votes
answered May 29, 2017 by Kevincpf (65 points)
Manta rays on a night dive in Kona, Hawaii.  There had to be about 15 of them dancing around in our flashlights.
+2 votes
answered May 25, 2017 by hurfish (3,024 points)
For me it would have been a giant sea lion who followed me though the kelp. I was spearfishing and noticed a large dark shadow in the corner of my sight. At first it startled me and once I realized what it was I was ok.  Could have been worse.
commented May 26, 2017 by NinjaShark (3,775 points)
That's awesome! Much better to see one of those rather than a great white!
+2 votes
answered May 26, 2017 by Kenkatz (398 points)
reshown May 27, 2017 by Shark Zen
I would think it had to be a Tiger Shark 15-16 feet long at Grand Bahama Island.

I have also seen some very large Groupers, 400-600 lbs, a six ft + Souther Stingray and a 6-7 ft Leatherback Turtle.
+2 votes
answered May 26, 2017 by Ratfish (455 points)
Hmmm. Largest for me would be a huge loggerhead. Haven't been on many fives but that turtle was a beast
+1 vote
answered May 26, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
For me It would be a Goliath grouper also. I have seen some Spotted Eagle Rays that were really big too.
commented May 26, 2017 by NinjaShark (3,775 points)
Nice! The spotted eagle rays I've seen were on the small side but I know they can get big! I would love to see a manta ray one day!
+1 vote
answered Jun 3, 2017 by Lietzke00 (713 points)
edited Jun 5, 2017 by Lietzke00

Up until this past February, the largest animals I'd seen on a dive were the whale sharks off Isla Mujeres in Mexico. It was so exciting to get to swim with them!

Then in February, I was diving off French Cay in Turks & Caicos when our group saw a humpback whale and her calf. We all swam out into the deep blue beside them for several minutes, and it was an incredible experience. Magnificent animals! (Photo of one of the two here.)

 

+1 vote
answered Nov 7, 2017 by richardehyman (2,630 points)
Grey whale, mother and baby. I was with Cousteau on Calypso. It was sunrise. AWESOME!
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answered May 26, 2017 by alwaysdiving (780 points)
oceanic manta rays. absolutely amazing, if they swim over you they completely block out the sun.
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