On the return from Wakaya lailai to Levuka about 4
miles off the Wakaya reef we went with the boat right over a whale
shark. The boat did not touch it as we were afraid of first. We
slowed immediately and looked back.
A huge fin stuck out of the water
and went under. We reversed back a little and saw a whale shark
swimming towards the boat. Off the engine, and I was in the water with
mask and fins in a flash.
The shark swam right towards me I could see markings around the mouth and had
to think about how small its eyes are compared to its size. It was a small
Whale shark of about 5 meter.
Daren and Bob got in
taking pictures (have to wait for slides) and filming with video (the
camera turned later out being switched off) After hanging out with us
for a little and looking at us the shark swam away.
Darren followed, Bob and I got back into the boat.
We reversed to where Darren was
The shark approached. It seemed to be attracted to the boat or
the engine noise as it swam to the back of the boat again. We got back
into the water.
The shark swam right up to us again as of being curious and
wanting to check us out. It came so close I touched it on its side.
Like sandpaper just as all sharks. It was indifferent to the touch,
did not react. Finally Nicole followed to with her digital camera (she
took those pictures). The shark stayed a little, then started to descend
and disappear into the blue.
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