Feeding the whale sharks

Ok, this is a picture with a bit of a story behind it. The first times we went to the whale sharks the guys at the ahe resort told us that it was possible to feed the whale sharks.. we thought.. hmmm.. they made their point during this session… it is possible to feed them. To avoid harassment we don’t continue with this practice, but for all to share here is a picture from this remarkable moment.

Whale shark picture of the week

Whale shark calender by Markus Roth now for sale

One of Germany’s leading marine life photographers Markus Roth visited Ahe Dive resort this year and had some unique encounters with the resident whale sharks. His beautiful pictures where compiled into a gorgeous whale shark calender. The benefits of the calender will go to the Scubasigns Foundation.

For more information please visit Markus’ website

Whale shark picture of the week… The Jan-Frans special

A whollatta sucking going on .. Whale shark pic of the week

More pictures here

Now read the Whale shark article in Scubadiver Australasia for free

Due to overwhelming demand the editor in chief of Scubadiver Diego Garcia decided for the first time during a running issue to put the article online so everyone can read it for free!

Please go to http://www.scubadiveraa.com/the-magazine.phtml

Free the whalesharks in Tateyama Japan

On July 25 and August 10 two whale sharks were caught by Japanese fishermen off the coast of Tateyama-Chiba prefecture, Japan. The two whale sharks are currently held in a 50×50 meter space, 7meters tall, that is cordoned off by a net.
While waiting for an aquarium to house the whale sharks, facilitators are taking the opportunity to profit by letting 40 divers inside the enclosure daily, as well as boat tours, creating a lot of stress to the whale sharks. In addition, the tiny enclosure forces the sharks to make a lot of sharp turns, causing it to burn off its energy very fast.
The man-made environment can also not cater to a whale shark’s special feeding requirements. In short, its inability to adapt to this captivity will drastically reduce the sharks lifespan.

How crazy are divers even thinking of going there for fun!!!??? they should go there to cut up the nets if you ask me… Sign the petition or take other action – this has to stop!