Saturday, August 14, 2010

Another pre-season shark...

Wednesday 11th August saw another pre-season whale shark sighting. Dive Seychelles, Underwater Centre were on a morning dive to Lilot when skipper Nigel spotted the unmistakable shadow of the legendary big spotty fish.

Getting closer the divers donned their mask, snorkel and fins and jumped in. The whale shark swam towards diver Jeremy Makchunming who managed to snap the photo below.

Jeremy, 46, is on holiday in the Seychelles from Hong Kong. This was his first wild whale shark sighting though he has observed the captive whale sharks at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan.

He was suprised at the sight of the whale shark and couldn’t take in all the details, so instead took a short video and photos, and lucky for MCSS that he did. The photos were perfect for whale shark identification, and closer inspection has revealed that the sighting was another new shark, making it sey.2010.002. Hopefully we’ll sight this shark again and we can determine whether it’s a male or female.

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