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Whale sharks, that is.  Big fish.  Really big fish.

It’s the first day of the Wetpixel Whale Shark trip and the sharks did not disappoint.  There were some (but not a ton) of eggs in the water for the sharks to eat.  We saw a few plowing through the water, mouths agape, enjoying the bounty.

It was my first whale shark encounter and wow, it was fun.  It is also amazing how fast they swim.  They don’t look like they’re going very fast.  But it is definitely hard to keep up.  Even with my crazy long fins.  So here are a few pictures from today.  I’m hoping to be a little closer tomorrow and have better shots.

First swim of the day.  And first whale shark shot.  I really should be closer to get better color. Well, more gray anyway.  But even with the fisheye, I’m not sure how I can get close enough to get the color I want and still have the whole fish in the frame.  Did I mention that they’re big?


This guy was keeping a careful eye on my while he had his snack.  Truer color here — you can see that he’s really gray, not bluish.  But really just the front 1/3 of the shark.


While there weren’t so many eggs in the water, there was a lot of broken up sargasso seaweed.

This guy made me work for it. And at the end of the day. Checked off cardio for the day.

Snorkel site: 20 miles offshore from Isla Mujeres, Mexico

All shot at 1/200th at f/3.5 with Olympus OMD EM5, 8mm Panasonic fisheye lens in Nauticam housing and mini dome port, no strobes.



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