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The adventures of Fe & Chris

The biggest fish in the sea…

Today was one of the most exciting days of my life.

Having been told by our instructor yesterday that ¨you´ll be very lucky to see a whale shark this time of year¨ we were very excited to come across one this morning on the way to our first ever open water dive (that makes us not only very lucky but possibly one in a million by the way!!).

The skipper was very adept at getting us in the right place to get off the boat and snorkel with this amazing animal - we saw three individuals in total - the biggest being seven metres - huge!

We managed to get in with it six times (although I missed one whilst throwing up, oops!). A couple of times we were wondering where it had got to, until we looked directly below us, and there it was - amazing!

They are quite slow moving and very pretty -  with spots all over their backs. We´re hoping to obtain pics from someone who was lucky enough to have housing for their camera (Keir you couldn´t post yours out to me could you? Hrmph, you swine!).

Chris would like to add two points - whale sharks are planktivores and therefore do not eat people. Number two, the feeding sharks attracted huge numbers of black terns, sooty terns, least terns and the occasional noddy.

None of this would have happened if it weren´t for Hurricane Felix causing upwelling and also ridding the island of tourists which meant we got on a resort boat we wouldn´t usually have been allowed on, so thanks to Felix and our bravery at staying on the island!

By the way,we also had fun on our two open water dives - saw a yellow stingray, some parrotfish and a trumpet fish. Oh and we just passed our written exam (I got 100% of course, hehe!).

6 Comments »

  Keir wrote @ September 10th, 2007 at 12:58 pm

I would post it but it has not arrived yet.

  Seasquirt » Pictures of our whale shark wrote @ September 11th, 2007 at 10:57 am

[…] are some pictures of our whale shark adventure of a few days ago. We didn´t take them - a terribly nice American chap whose name I forget did and […]

  Lorna (Lil’ sis) wrote @ September 13th, 2007 at 6:20 pm

Parrot fish and trumpet fish?! Are you purposefully giving me lots of new creatures to investigate with my kids so I can scrap national curriculum teaching?

Before anyone dares tell m off for scrapping NC teaching - this is called PERSONALISED LEARNING and is terribly PC in the teaching world!!!!!

  Graeme wrote @ September 18th, 2007 at 8:35 am

I like the idea of personalised learning. When I were a lad, especially in my last year at school, I was doing a fair bit of personalised learning, often during times when I should have been taking part in more structured learning. It generally involve birding or record shops - I wish I had had a teacher who was happy for me to do personalised learning on parrot fish.

  Keir wrote @ September 19th, 2007 at 2:31 am

can i do mine on sun fish please. Ailsa was at a talk the other day about some bloke who wanted so swim or play with the biggest - everything. So he swam with whale sharks etc and then it came to the question of cuttlefish and squid but that is another story. My point was going to be that he went of to stupidly foreign parts to see sun fish and I saw them when on the ferry to Muck. Scotland is great - Just come home and I am sure you can go swimming with everything and I will let you borrow my camera!

  Keir wrote @ September 19th, 2007 at 2:33 am

PS if you click on my name it links through to the pics I took with it in the bobs swimming pool - not quite so glamorous as a whale shark I know - and before anyone jokes about me and whale sharks - don’t. But I will take offense anyway

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