Swimming with these gentle giants.
I held my breath and dove down toward the darkness, deep below me I could see whale sharks emerging as they made their way near the surface feeding on plankton. As I turned around, I saw this scene with beautiful rays of light casting down through the water from the early morning sun.
Peering through the lens, I snapped a couple photos before starting my ascent back to the surface.
Dive Master and Marine Biologist, @brinkleydavies shared her knowledge and passion for these sharks with me during our 15 hour day on the boat. These whale sharks lack natural predators, but in recent years have been listed as an endangered species due to shark finning, and other anthropogenic pressures such as fishing operations and plastic pollution.
There is so much we still don’t know about these majestic creatures and it would be a shame to lose them forever. Little things like limiting are use of single use plastics, supporting sustainable tourism and saying no to shark fin soup will go a long way in protecting these and so many other animals that have been around for millions of years!
Such an incredible experience in Derawan, Indonesia with @indtravel. 🙏🏼🙌🏼 #wonderfulindonesia #whalesharks #freediving #respectandprotect