JASA-Blue Sphere Media-Wetpixel Mexico Whale Sharks
Posted 25 July 2011 - 03:35 PM
Whale Shark gulps down eggs
THIS YEAR THE ACTION WAS SIMPLY INCREDIBLE!
Jim Abernethy and I just wrapped up this years series of whale shark aggregation trips off Isla Mujeres, Mexico. As with they prior two years (PRIOR YEAR VIDEOS), this year was a home run with incredible in-water and topside activity and on peak days, several hundred whale sharks gathered in the space of 1 square km. When we first discovered the aggregation, we could never have guessed how it would transform the the tiny island of Isla Mujeres into the world's whale shark mecca. Nowhere else can you swim with such huge numbers of whale sharks, in blue water with such a great degree of certainty.
Whale Sharks aggregate on surface of calm seas
Our guests hailed from all over the world including Hong Kong, France, Europe, Australia and of course the US, among others. Many guests reported this was one of the best experiences of their lives. This year we also hosted a special WildAid trip that delivered in spades.
This year we had hundreds of whale sharks, manta trains, sailfish, mobula rays, cownose rays, turtles, schools of bonito and even a pod of dolphins charge past...simply incredible.
The whale shark activity was full on, the Island delightful, the hotel and pool a welcome haven after a long day on the water,and the guacamole, cervezas, and gelato unforgettable.
Whale Shark feeds behind sargassum
Mantas and Whale Sharks feeding
Whale Shark with Manta below
Sailfish darts through Whale Shark aggregation
Douglas Seifert shoot Whale Shark silhouette
Whale Shark train
Huge Whale Shark feeds on tour boat
Whale Shark in vertical feeding posture
Pair of Whale Sharks swim overhead
Whale Sharks gather to feed
NEXT YEAR WE WILL BE BACK FOR MORE!!!
Blog: Blue Sphere Media - Whale Shark Journal
Posted 25 July 2011 - 07:25 PM
Canon 5D Mk III, 7D & 40D, 60mm, 100mm, 17-40L, Tokina 10-17, Nauticam 7D, Sea & Sea MDX-40D YS-250's ULCS arms, Lightroom
Posted 26 July 2011 - 03:53 AM
Posted 26 July 2011 - 11:03 AM
Whale sharks feeding at the surface
The sharks came right up to the boat
David laughs after being run over. You needed rear view mirrors!
A random snorkeler is almost swallowed!
Thanks to Shawn, the crew and all the other participants for an amazing experience!
Canon 5D3 and 7D, Nauticam and Subal, an assortment of strobes and too many damn lenses!
"Hey Dean! How do you work this crazy thing?!" Jerry Lewis
Posted 27 July 2011 - 09:54 AM
WildAid Crew: (L-R) Shawn Heinrichs, Jeanne Sedgewick, Raymond Man, Walter Sedgewick, Sharon Kwok Pong, Richard Branson, Samantha Cox, Mark Koschker, Peter Knights, Keith Addis, Corrie Knights
Whale Shark eats tourism boat
Briana Rivera with Whale Shark
Richard Branson enjoys his first whale shark encounter (video grab)
Danielle Heinrichs photographs Whale Shark
Posted 28 July 2011 - 04:31 AM
Posted 03 August 2011 - 07:14 AM
Manta feeding while Whale Shark passes behind
What was very interesting this year was the abundance of manta rays. In prior years we have seen the odd manta or two swim past but not engage in the feeding. We assumed the fish eggs were not on their diet. This year we had many days with mantas obviously feeding. I wonder if this behavior evolution or coincidence.?
Posted 11 August 2011 - 07:09 AM
Whale Shark Feeding while Lisa Campana watches
Whale Shark with Lisa Campana
Whale Shark in vertical feeding position
Whale Shark silhouette
Whale Shark with Lisa Campana
Whale Shark with Conner Nolan
Posted 15 August 2011 - 02:22 PM
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