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A boy and his whale shark....
26-SEP-2012

A boy and his whale shark....

In answer to the question "Are these dangerous?": well, I suppose they could hit you with their tail by accident (I'm not convinced they even really know we are there...). They eat krill (wikipedia), so are basically filter feeders. Proportional to their size, their mouths are not that large and do not open that wide, and they don't really have teeth. According to Wikipedia, krill are particularly abundant in upwellings from the Humboldt current, which is part of the reason they are at Darwin Island. Most of the whale sharks there tend to be female and pregnant, but not that much is known about where they go and why. They have put a tracker on one, and saw it as far as Peru, where it disappeared (one hypothesis is that it went very deep).

Nikon D700
1/250s f/4.0 at 14.0mm iso800 full exif

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Pink*Fin 30-Oct-2012 03:01
Great title, love the sense of scale. Its so hard to judge underwater everything looks bigger than it is and creatures got a way of sneaking up on u 2. Fab job, esp without using strobes
Linda Matta23-Oct-2012 14:07
Hmmm........ WOW!!!
Wendy O19-Oct-2012 20:48
Just totally amazing!!! V
Stephanie08-Oct-2012 07:52
Unbelievable capture Peter! You've done a marvelous job of taking the viewer underwater with you! BV
soulis07-Oct-2012 14:24
Great! V.
eleanorv07-Oct-2012 14:11
Are these dangerous??? Great title!
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