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Whale Shark, Ningaloo Reef Western Australia

Swimming with the world's largest living fish, the Whale Shark, is one of the most breathtaking underwater encounters you can experience. They are a relatively slow swimming species, but you still need to power up to keep pace with them (especially when you are pushing a large underwater housing through the water in front of you).

I photographed this beautiful creature in the open water fringing Ningaloo Reef on the coast of Western Australia. This particular fish is around 8m in length but they can grow to more than double this and weigh up to 34 tonnes. Don't let their 'shark' name fool you... Whale Sharks are not dangerous to humans and they feed on krill, small schooling fish and jellyfish.

SKU NR3170