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Whale sharks...


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As I wish I could say that these photos were taken by me, I cant... These were taken today by a very good friend of mine working a few miles away from where I am at the moment. He is on a production platform in Ship Shoal block of the Gulf of Mexico. We get numerous game fishing boats in and out all day long here. The boat in the photograph seems to be about a 24-28 foot boat. In the past 4 weeks I have seen 2 whale sharks and a sea turtle, didn't have my camera handy though...

 

Photos from my bud...

 

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Some superb photos there! Looks lovely.

 

Quite surprised a boat is permitted that close to a production platform, in fact any offshore installation. Compare this to a Dutch production platform in the north sea:

 

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Hey bud, as long as it is in the ground, you can get all the way up to it. I know guys that Dive on them and spear fish...

 

The moving rigs like what I am on (DP) you have to stay away 50 meters.

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Fantastic creatures never been up and close to one yet but would love to have the experience. They frequent the Ningaloo reef off WA yearly and can grow to 60ft so that ones has some years to go yet.....unfortunately there are less of this creatures returning to WA due to some Asian countries consuming them.

As you can imagine the amount edible flesh and the prized fins make this beautiful beast an attractive target.

One method of capture is to pull up close to the shark then attach a large hook to a part of its body and allow the shark to tow the vessel until its exhausted, the shark is then towed into shore where it is killed and processed.

The Australian govt and tourism bureau are trying to educate these countries of the tourism benefit of the whale shark rather than a food source but changes like this take time to implement.

 

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Nice reply matt.....

 

Yeah, they are such beautiful creatures and I would love to see one while I am out diving.... unfortunately Pattaya doesn't have them, LOL... Thanks for a sensible reply.... :GoldenSmile1:

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Nice reply matt.....

 

Yeah, they are such beautiful creatures and I would love to see one while I am out diving.... unfortunately Pattaya doesn't have them, LOL... Thanks for a sensible reply.... :GoldenSmile1:

 

 

lol ...it doesnt happen often

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Awesome photos Jim. I'm envious of the guy.

 

I'm moving to Hervey Bay in Queensland next year. The whale watching there is a mainstay of the the local economy.

 

I'm looking forward to seeing those big blokes up close and personal.

 

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Absolutely amazing pics. Ive always wanted to dive with those things. You get them off the coast of Western Australia sometimes

Maybe one day.

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Nice reply matt.....

 

Yeah, they are such beautiful creatures and I would love to see one while I am out diving.... unfortunately Pattaya doesn't have them, LOL... Thanks for a sensible reply.... :Banghead2:

 

Amazing pics mate and looks like great visibility for snorkelling with them.

If you want to swim with these huge creatures you can do it in the Philippines.

In March i went to the P.I. with 2 buddies, we did the usual Manila, AC and Subic mongering stuff before flying down to Legazpi which is about 55mins on the plane from Manila. From here you jump on a bus or get a taxi to Donsol which is about an hours drive through very nice scenery of rice fields, water buffalos etc and with Mt Mayo volcano in the background.

 

It costs 3800 peso to register and swim with them. We snorkelled with 5 of them in the space of 3 hours.

There's a guy sitting high on the boat as lookout and when he sees one we crank up the engine and head to the whale shark, jump in and have a swim with him. Unfortunatley the vis wasn't so good because of all the plankton that they are there to feed on but it was very cool to swim within metres of them.

Definitely worth a trip over there if you want to swim with these amazing creatures.

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Hey nooodles, thanks for the other pictures bro... Fantastic information... I may look into doing that soon... Freakin Awesome...

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Lovely pictures Robin, I was lucky enough to see a whale shark when scuba diving off Sharm el Sheikh. The water looks fantastically clear in those pics with lots of other good sized fish, hope you took your fishing rod.

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nice photos went to my local shoppping centre saw some two lgged whales not the kind u want to see but seriously when i lived in kiwi used to go fishing at the north heads of the Manakau Harbour and regularly saw pilot whales hunting

I can feel an angel sliding up to me nz immigrants raising the IQ of both countries pattaya makes a humble man hard

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Wow.

Those are some amazing pictures guys.

 

I've been slacking on the diving recently, but my big goal was always to swim with a whale shark.

 

Cheers for the angle on the phillipines. I didn't know that was possible.

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