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Day 4 of the Wetpixel Whale Shark trip.  (Yes, if you’re keeping score, there’s no day 3 yet.  When I get those shots processed, I’ll do a day 3 out of sequence.)

Each day we’ve tried to get up just a little earlier to be early out to see the sharks before lots of others get there.  But maybe we should have told the sharks we were coming early.  Because despite leaving extra early this morning, we spent a while looking for sharks.  We saw lots of flying fish.  But no sharks.  But then right as I was thinking, gee, what could we do for a plan B, the radio crackled with news that someone else had spotted sharks.  So off we went for what turned out to be another great shark encounter including one super stealthy one that snuck up on me from the back.

I definitely shot more today, but wasn’t as dialed in as before.  But I did get a few I liked.

Here’s Christian Dimitrius, Emmy Award winning wildlife cinematographer and photographer, finning hard to get the shot of the whale shark. I am jealous of his free diving fins. And even more jealous of his stamina.
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The whale sharks typically carry multiple remora.  And honestly, I don’t understand why the remora hang out with the whale sharks.  I’ve always thought that remora eat up the scraps that bigger fish and sharks leave behind.  But whale sharks don’t shred up other things and leave pieces behind.  They’re filter feeders eating bonito eggs (think the size of the orange tobiko at your favorite sushi place) and other tiny stuff.  Maybe the remora are just along for the ride?

I even saw a remora in the nostril like hole behind the eye one one whale shark and on another 2 remoras on the sides of the shark’s mouth, like dimples.

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And here’s one getting that big mouth up to the surface to suck down the eggs floating on the top.
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Big, big mouth.
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And here’s one wearing a sargasso barrette.
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Snorkel site: 20 miles offshore from Isla Mujeres, Mexico

All shot with Olympus OMD EM5, 8mm Panasonic fisheye lens in Nauticam housing and mini dome port, no strobes.

 

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Day 2 of the Wetpixel Whale Shark trip.  And even better than day 1.  Sometimes less is more.  This is not one of those times.  And today there were lots more sharks.

First swim of the day. First shot.

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If you were this big and you only ate tiny little things like itty bitty fish eggs, you’d probably sail around with your mouth open all day too. Like these guys:

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Snorkel site: 20 miles offshore from Isla Mujeres, Mexico

All shot at 1/320th at f/5.6 with Olympus OMD EM5, 8mm Panasonic fisheye lens in Nauticam housing and mini dome port, no strobes.

 

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?

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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.

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While there weren’t so many eggs in the water, there was a lot of broken up sargasso seaweed.
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This guy made me work for it. And at the end of the day. Checked off cardio for the day.
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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.