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Whalesharks!!!

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When and where did you have the honor to get up close with one?
7 years ago, February 23rd 2012 No: 1 Msg: #152259  
I want to maximize my chances for an encounter on my next diving trip. Would be great to keep track of TB sightings. Post your best picture that day you got lucky, date, location, and dive site if you can remember.
[Edited: 2012 Feb 23 19:10 - Jo Trouble:16935 - Moved from General to Diving forum.]
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7 years ago, February 24th 2012 No: 2 Msg: #152277  
Saw them few times...

First time, diving, 21m down, 208, Tubbataha, liveabord in the Philippines.
Second, diving, 20 meters++, Hin Muang, 2009, liveaboard in Thailand
Third, saw tens of them snorkeling in Djibouti, January 2010.
Fourth, snorkeling with them, Tofo, Mozambique, November 2010.

Few more places were you are pretty sure to see them...

There are few places in the Philippines, but check the place and season...Liliram has writtne about it.

Ningalloo reef, way north of Perth, Australia around may.

Few places out of Los Cabos, Mexico...not sure fo the season, but think it's January.

South of Belize, but nothing to do with the Reef Barrier.

It's easy to see them while snorkeling as they are pretty predictable. Seeing them diving, you've got to be lucky.

I have a pic with a manta and a whaleshark on the same picture in Hin Muang, that was something! Reply to this

7 years ago, February 24th 2012 No: 3 Msg: #152279  
You had me trawling through hundreds of your blogs looking for "The Pic". Finally found it, simply amazing. I have a Manta and a Sea Turtle together, but it doesn't even come close. You have some wonderful pictures. I especially love the Devil's Rays, and the Underwater Moai makes me want to book the first flight to the Easter Islands. Reply to this

7 years ago, February 24th 2012 No: 4 Msg: #152282  
Thanks Dean....best of the list is still Darwin's Arch in the Galapagos for me. And if you go in the right season....you can see hundred of hammerheads...at the same time as whalesharks...on the same dive. Wasn't there to witness this....just had the hundred hammerheads very very close by!

My to do list is not over...very high up there is Socorro (same style as Galapagos) as well as Rangiora and Fakarava (Tahiti).

The under water moai is for info a "fake". It was placed there, so it's a little of a cheat! Reply to this

7 years ago, February 26th 2012 No: 5 Msg: #152391  
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Ahh Pierre..I just remembered someone (was it you?) asking about getting to Ningaloo..

Ningaloo is 1700km north west of Perth. There are unfortunately no dive resorts or liveaboards that frequent the area even during whaleshark migration due to the fact that ...to be honest...there is nothing to do in Ningaloo.

When I was working at Ningaloo on the Whaleshark and Humpback Whale migration study we had to have everything choppered in regularly and all our dive equipment was bought up from perth with us. We were using surface support air (Hookah Diving) or freediving because Humpbacks dont like bubbles.

If you do fly from Perth to Learmonth your accom choices are very limited..theres a 1960s pub with rooms, a couple of caravan parks with backpacker cabins or dorms or an eco camp set up right on the reef but they do not have any dive equipment meaning you need to take everything including tanks.

Liveaboards rarely do Ningaloo because once again..distance from Perth and you are limited to how much further up the coast you can go because of..well..crocodiles LOL. There are a few liveaboards that will do a trip out to Rowley Shoals (awesome drift diving at fast and furious pace) and sometimes include Ningaloo but alas..not often.

You will find almost ALL the tours for whalesharks and ningaloo are aimed at snorkellers who will spend a couple of nights at exmouth and then head on.

Having said that though..Ive also dived with whalesharks in PNG, Indonesia (Komodo and Flores both had sightings) Thailand (Similans) and strangely....one off our city beaches here in perth a few weeks ago (I think he was a naughty teenager off exploring as he has headed back up to the NW now) Reply to this

7 years ago, February 26th 2012 No: 6 Msg: #152395  
Great entry Cindy...and yes it was me who asked. I guess Ningaloo is going slowly down my bucket list. Wish to sight a great white while diving....maybe not a croc....would be fun though to go in the cagein Darwin!

I'm off for more sharks in two weeks....but only for 2 days... Reply to this

7 years ago, February 28th 2012 No: 7 Msg: #152524  
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I have only ever seen one croc while diving and that was in PNG as I know not to dive up in the Kimberleys due to croc activity. The crocs actually do come down to Ningaloo at times - particularly after cyclones. Working in the far far north when crocs are around is ...disconcerting...there is a beautiful place known as Cape Levique where we were taking mangrove mud samples for another study - certainly keeps you on your toes when they pick you up to take you out to hop into the mud and have 4 guys with shotguns standing guard LOL...we got the mud samples pretty quickly.

In PNG the pidgen word for crocodile is PocPoc, the pidgen word for shit is PikPik...needless to say when I heard one of the papuans yell PikPik PocPoc and looked over to see a 3 - 4 ft long croc cruising past at about 16m it didnt take my brain long to work out what the yelling was about...no deco stop that time..i think we were all out of the water in record time.

Great whites!! Pierre just come down to Perth....its 10.12am and there have already been 6 of them spotted by the air patrol today! Reply to this

7 years ago, April 17th 2012 No: 8 Msg: #154848  
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Pierre!! I found the liveaboard schedule that will do Ningaloo whalesharks and rowley shoals which is an awesome drift dive site (think drift diving lambourghini style) - check out True North cruise schedule.....and cringe at the prices. Reply to this

7 years ago, April 19th 2012 No: 9 Msg: #154983  
Thanks Cindy...will look at it....for whale sharks pics on TB first page...wait few more days...they are coming!!! Reply to this

7 years ago, April 24th 2012 No: 10 Msg: #155216  


Third sighting in 430 dives. 8 Mile next to Koh Lipe...this picture was around 30 meters deep.

Saw them often while snorkeling...but it's really not the same thing. This time my camera jammed, but he was swimming in a huge school of jacks...magnificient! Reply to this

7 years ago, April 24th 2012 No: 11 Msg: #155240  
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Magnificent!!!!!! Your blog about this trip was so special - I think I may need to find the contact details one day soon 😊

Have dived Hing Mau and Deng or whatever they are called but no mention of this secret spot - must add it to the list! Reply to this

7 years ago, April 24th 2012 No: 12 Msg: #155244  
I'm sure Ali won't mind...just google forra diving koh lipe...and you'll find all the info! These people are really special! aka...sport diving and let's do it! Reply to this

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