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TV favourite Richard Hammond will be back on our screens at the end of the month in The Great Escapist, and in one of the first episodes, he has a close encounter with a whaleshark.

Also read: Beautiful Maldives – Turtles, Mantas and Whalesharks

Left on a Panamanian desert island with Mythbusters' Tory Belleci, the duo were tasked with building a raft to get themselves back to the mainland, but true to form, halfway through the journey, they had issues and the raft fell about, leaving them in the water.

Hammond scrambled into the crew's boat after he saw a shark ‘like a school bus', but later realised the enormous fish was a harmless whaleshark.

The Great Escapist launches on Amazon Prime Video on 29 January.

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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