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Whoo hoo Whale Shark!

Whoo hoo Whale Shark!
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Copyright: Margo Cavis (margocavis) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 48] (172)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Fish
Camera: Olympus C-5060WZ
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater Wonder World 3, under and above the seas and lakes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-08 12:28
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While doing marine conservation work on the island of Mahe we came up from a working dive to the boat captain telling us he had spotted Whale Shark fins. After we were all on board we drove around in search of those massive fins piercing the surface. It wasn't long before we spotted one. We all threw our mask,fins, snorkels back on & slipped into the water as fast as possible & took off over towards the last sighting. I headed a little further over, hoping to head it of, when all of a sudden out of the blue where I couldn't see much - this huge open mouth is headed straight for me. I hesitate for a moment, trying to decide if I should swim left or right to try to get out of it's way. Just as I decide to go left, it seems to veer a little in the same direction - that gets me moving a little faster. I got off to the side - snapping a couple photos on the way & was able to swim along with it for a good bit until it dove down & I could no longer see it. We all then got back into the boat .... then shortly after, we saw 2 more fins poke up.... we threw our fins & masks back on & hopped back into the water. At one point after swimming with one, I head back closer to the boat & looked down to see 2 swimming up - I had to do some quick maneuvering in order to not be caught between them - one of the 2 was the really big one that was longer than our dive boat! Our dive group couldn't stop talking about it for the rest of the evening. This was so amazing, I almost forgot about the nice big octopus I saw right before that!

The Seychelles is a small island nation located in the Indian Ocean northeast of Madagascar and about 1,600 km (1,000 miles) east of Kenya. The number of islands in the archipelago is often given as 115 but the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles lists 155.

I stayed on the island of Mahé for most of the summer of 2006, doing marine conservation work. But also stayed on Curieuse for a week & visited Praslin The scenery was beautiful & the diving was incredible!

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  • kessi Gold Star Critiquer [C: 80 W: 5 N: 74] (221)
  • [2007-11-08 12:35]

Hi Margo,
Stunning photo....it must have been an incredible experience swimming with these creatures....your picture is so well taken, showing all the Whale Shark's cleaning and scavenging team.....super work.

best wishes

This one is ONE IN A MILLION.
Great notes too.
Best regards from Calgary in Canada.
P.S. My computer is okey now. It has been "fixed"

Difficult shot, nice composotion
Few of us will ever see this scene...

Hi Margo
what an ambiance, great compo and wonderfull colours
great tfs

What a magic creature!Your comment makes it even stronger.Thanks, CarOze

Hi Margo,
Always a pleasure to view a rare glimpse of one of the biggest shark species in the world, it must've been really exciting to see this up close and in person. Very nice capture.
Paul :)

Great shot and a nice story to go along with it. That must have been a truly amazing experience. A friend of mine is going to the Seychelles for marine conservation this summer. I hope that she gets to have an experience as nice as this. Thanks for sharing.

Great Story to go with a great picture, love the color and contrast with the smaller fish

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  • Recato (139)
  • [2009-03-07 16:52]

Love this picture! Would not mind to have swap places with you.

Dear Margo,
I am delighted to have found in your portfolio the Whale Shark!

We have been 6 or 7 times in the Maldives and have missed to see one by minutes every time...
It is the best work I have seen anywhere so far, because you were able to include so many other animals.
Thanks for sharing.
Warm greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa

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