What do I know about sharks?
Well, I know a little bit about sharks. I’ve swam with them, I’ve seen them, and I’ve surfed with them.
Yeah, I know them a little bit!
I traveled around Australia back in 1995 for a few months backpacking my way through the center of Aussie, hitting the Northern Territory and going West back down the coast all the way back to Perth, Western Australia.
On my journey, I stopped in Exmouth, Western Australia where I had the amazing opportunity to swim with whale sharks out past the reef.
A helicopter would relay the coordinates of the whale sharks they spotted to our diving boat and we’d get there as quickly as possible to be dropped off right in front of their path.
They typically swim slow enough for you to be able to keep up with them for a while, then they’ll delve into the dark, deep waters off the coast when they’ve had enough of us or swim much faster to get ahead.
These creatures are larger than a bus! What a life-changing experience to feel so very small and insignificant to this Ocean Animal!
Species: R. typus
This is considered to be a vulnerable species for endangerment!
Amazing creatures and I do hope that one day, you’ll get to see one in the wild too!
I hope you enjoyed this Shark Week post on Exotic Animal Lover! Until next time…
P.S. Let your kids get interactive with whale sharks by surprising them with these 2 figurines:
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