February 2, 2012

Whale Shark, New Guinea

Photograph by Michael Aw

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

"Suddenly he just jumped in!" says photographer Michael Aw. Sarmin Tangadji, the Papua police officer who escorted the photographic team to where the sharks congregate, "was so excited to see them up close." Aw shares that excitement when it comes to diving with a dozen whale sharks: "You are sandwiched in, sharks ahead and behind, but you want to be there," he says. "They make eye contact with you and then charge by. It blows your mind."

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Lanie Peterson
Lanie Peterson

I love this pic and share the enthusiasm as I did the same thing in La Paz Mexico 2 years ago. They are mesmerizing and I swam with them til my lips were blue.  I didn't want to get out.  Nice clear pic, wonderful

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