This is the jaw-dropping moment that a sleepy fisherman has a stretch and a yawn — oblivious to the giant whale shark swimming next to his canoe.

Photographer Dimitar Karanikolov captured the terrifying moment with a drone in the Philippines while he stood 300 meters away.

The 42-year-old took around 200 shots from different angles over the course of 15 minutes in order to capture this particular snap.

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The image which was taken around 7 a.m., when Karanikolov claims the water is most temperate for the whale-sharks.

“Whale sharks are attracted every morning in the area,” Karanikolov, who is originally from Bulgaria, said. “The whale-sharks swim in the area between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.”

Karanikolov further clarified that the specimen he photographed was whale shark baby, as “the adults are much bigger and grow up to 12 meters.”

“They are a type of slow-moving shark that feeds on plankton and shrimp,” he said. “This is the largest type of fish in the world and they not dangerous for people.”

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The photographs were taken in Oslob on the Cebu island, where Karanikolov was operating the drone 30 meters above water from the nearby coast.

“I was probably standing around 200-300 meters away from the whale-sharks on land. I had a permission to fly for 15 minutes only above the whale shark area.”

Karanikolov has been a photographer for around ten years and specializes mostly in travel and aerial shots.

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“Photography is more of a hobby for me and this is not my main profession,” said Karanikolov, also an architect computer visualization expert. “I started taking pictures as part of my job but then I found my passion and started taking more photographs. I travel across the world taking pictures including — Mongolia and Botswana.”

“I love photography,” he added.

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