16/06/2016 – Seeing the Whalesharks
Whale sharks are fully protected in Australia. A Code of Conduct has been established to ensure that these animals are not harmed or disturbed. Ningaloo Reef is one of the few places in the world where whale sharks appear regularly in any numbers in near shore waters where they accessible to observers.
Whale sharks are filter feeders, they cruise along near the surface of the water with their mouths open. They are also thought to supplement their diet with squid and small fish.
Swimming with these giant fish is an amazing experience. They just cruise along, seemingly oblivious of the humans splashing around beside them.
A fully grown whale shark can reach up to 18 metres in length. This one is 12-metres, and could weigh up to 11 tonnes and have a mouth more than a metre wide.
Little is known about their life cycle. They are ovoviviparous, bearing live young which hatch from an eggcase while inside the mother’s body before being expelled.
The light on their spotted skin makes amazing, shimmering patterns with the water reflections. There are so many photos but I will have to be conservative and just show a few.
Last one, this is definitely the end?
What a great day!