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Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat


We have been very lucky in “treating”ourselves to a couple of recent trips (hence my lack of posts).  We first had the opportunity to go on a short notice trip to the Baja in Mexico to spend some time with Whale Sharks.

These incredible creatures come in close to the shore in the Sea of Cortez to feast on the plankton in the water.  While that is great for the giant fish (not either whales or sharks), it is horrible for underwater photography due to the lack of visibility caused by the plankton.  This photo was taken from our boat which was about 18 feet long – this whale shark was longer than the boat – about 22 feet in length.

"Whale of a Treat"

“Whale of a Treat”

From the surface they appear to be hardly moving but when you get in the water to snorkel with them, you quickly realize that they are hard to keep up with and that they can disappear in seconds with one flip of their enormous tails or by just sinking down into the cloudy water.

Tail of the great fish....

Tail of the great fish….

In any case, it was a tremendous treat to spend some time with these very gentle giants.  I’ll post some other photos from our lodge tomorrow and explain a little more about this wonderful trip.

10 responses

  1. Ha! Afraid to face me without posting something, huh? 🙂

    October 30, 2015 at 12:06 pm

  2. Shippssue@aol.com

    Thank you Scott. Great photos. I have a few photos for you. I can snail mail them to you if you could share your address or the four of us can get together for lunch or dinner one day. Tom is in Illinois and will return Tuesday after two weeks. Hugs, Sue Johnson

    October 30, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    • Sue – lets plan on getting together. We’re in town until the 18th.

      November 7, 2015 at 4:51 pm

  3. I’m not familiar with whale sharks, but they look like such interesting animals. Are they mammals or fish?

    October 31, 2015 at 7:54 am

    • Jackie,
      They’re actually fish. I guess they got the name because they look like sharks but are as large as whales – but they are neither…
      Very gentle giants.

      November 7, 2015 at 4:52 pm

  4. Thanks for sharing your treat with us.

    janet

    October 31, 2015 at 9:54 am

    • My pleasure Janet – it was a quick but really fun trip. We still want to scuba with them sometime to hopefully get some better visibility but it was great anyway!!

      November 7, 2015 at 4:54 pm

  5. One of my best friends just did that trip! and said it was REALLY amazing. It would be even MORE amaizing if you’d run into them – Elliott and Linda. He’s asian she’s swedish. Any luck?

    November 3, 2015 at 10:00 am

    • Tina,
      Unfortunately, we must have missed them. I’m sure they had a great trip as did we…..you might want to put this one on your “list”

      November 7, 2015 at 4:58 pm

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