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Giant from the Deep, Ningaloo, Western Australia by Erik Schlogl
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Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus), Ningaloo Marine Park, Western Australia.

500 views as at October 15th, 2011.

Nikon D300, AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm, Seacam housing. RAW image at ISO 200, f/7.1 at 1/200 sec.

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Comments

  • Ann J. Sagel
    Ann J. Sagelover 3 years ago

    Just amazing. And this is not in captivity? WoW!

  • Thanks Ann! Actually, your comment got me thinking, as it had never occurred to me that these huge animals could be kept in captivity. After searching the Web, I think the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles is right when they say,

    The thought of seeing a whale shark in an aquarium may seem far fetched to someone who knows these giants, however, whale sharks have and are being kept in captivity. For an aquarium they could be a major attraction but the physical difficulties of keeping a large plankton feeder in a tank are legion let alone the ethics of keeping an ocean roaming, endangered species in captivity.
    It has been argued that such aquarium exhibits provide valuable publicity and raise public awareness to the plight of whale sharks in the wild. However the lifespan of the sharks in captivity has often been very short and tends to negate such positive aspects.

    Personally, I much prefer to see them wild and free as the one in this picture.

    – Erik Schlogl

  • Tim Scullion
    Tim Scullionover 3 years ago

    Brilliant shot! I just watched a special on how rare and how little they know about these giants . . .

  • Yes, it’s a priviledge when you get a chance to swim with one of these majestic animals.

    – Erik Schlogl

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    Stunning capture!
    1 DAY 2011/03/23

    PLEASE READ THE NEW GROUP RULES Thank you

  • Thanks Magaret!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • yook
    yookover 3 years ago

    awesome Erik.
    the light spears give an amazing effect.

  • Thanks – glad you like it!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • MattTworkowski
    MattTworkowskiover 3 years ago

    Amazing Erik, high on my to do list, thanks for sharing

  • Thanks Matt!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

  • GailDouglas
    GailDouglasover 3 years ago

    This is an amazing shot, I had the opportunity to swim with these gentle giants, it was incrediable.

  • Thanks Gail!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • Ann J. Sagel
    Ann J. Sagelover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much for the feature!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago

    Awesome!!!!!

  • Thank you!

    – Erik Schlogl

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