WHALESHARKS baby WHALESHARKS!!! Day 2 PHOTOS!!!

Donsol Travel Blog

 › entry 272 of 658 › view all entries
Mouth of the Whaleshark

People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Nicolas and Loric (France), Jozo (Germany), Rei and Shoko (Japan)

There's not much that can get me out of bed at 6.45am for two days running, but the chance to swim with Whalesharks again was just too big a chance to pass up on. It had been arranged the previous day that i would share a tricycle down to the Whaleshark centre with Nicolas, Loric and Jozo, so met the guys a little after 7am. Once at the centre we met up with 2 Japanese people called Rei and Shoko and 20 minutes after that we were setting out in search of the Whalesharks.

Unlike the previous day there were actually quite a lot of boats out on the water and it felt like we were all fighting each other for the prime spots. As a result, whenever a Whaleshark was spotted, there seemed to be 3 boats in the vicinity with revving engines and this scared them down into deeper water, before we could even get a glimpse of them in the water.

I spy with my little eye...
For 2 hours we saw nothing and i couldn't see that changing under such conditions. Eventually we got a sighting and managed to jump into the water before it descended, although it was just a fleeting glimpse.

Im not sure what happened to be honest, whether we managed to navigate into an area where other boats didn't want to go, or if some of the boats had gone back to shore, but by 10.30am there seemed a lot less boats on the water and all of a sudden a lot more Whalesharks. In the space of 90 minutes we managed to swim with 13 Whalesharks, which was both a delight and a relief. Most of the Whalesharks seemed to be relatively small, when compared to some of the giants that i had seen the previous day. As a result they didn't seem as keen to swim along with us for too long and on a few occasions, it was a matter of coming into contact and then it disappearing on us straight away.

Fin and head of the Whaleshark

Also the water seemed even cloudier today, but this kind of added to the tension and excitement when in the water. On one occassion i just couldn't see where the spotters were pointing for me to look, until the thing had almost swallowed me whole! Even though you know they are gentle creatures, it really does get the adrenalin pumping, when you see a metre plus mouth right there in front of you! Saying we saw nothing for 2 hours and then 13 in a 90 minute period, i was more than happy to take away these memories, as i thought i would have none from this day!

Back in Donsol i had time to take a quick shower before i had to make my way to Legaspi.

There's no zoom on this, if the mouth was open i'd have a tale like jonah!
I decided to go via 3 jeepneys rather than the minivan and was soon questionning my decision as the driver seemed to be setting a new landspeed record for going slowly! This was very unlike jeepney drivers and i was pleased when i had to change into another one that was driven by Michael Schumachers Filipino half brother. My journey was also made more interesting by meeting a lovely old lady who was on a mission to turn me into a Jehovahs Witness. I explained that i wasn't really interested, but soon realised it would be better to just take her magazines with a smile and promise that i would consider following Jehovahs way. From past experience with this 'sect' in England, i learned they were rather a persistent bunch!

Deats says:
thanks a lot ;)
Posted on: Mar 28, 2008
sheba124 says:
That is so awesome!!
Posted on: Mar 28, 2008
Deats says:
I left a msg with them :)
Posted on: Mar 14, 2008
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Mouth of the Whaleshark
Mouth of the Whaleshark
I spy with my little eye...
I spy with my little eye...
Fin and head of the Whaleshark
Fin and head of the Whaleshark
Theres no zoom on this, if the mo…
There's no zoom on this, if the m…
Everyone aboard? Then lets go find…
Everyone aboard? Then lets go fin…
Dorsal fin of the Whaleshark
Dorsal fin of the Whaleshark
Head of the Whaleshark as seen fro…
Head of the Whaleshark as seen fr…
Head of the Whaleshark as seen fro…
Head of the Whaleshark as seen fr…
Caudal fin of the Whaleshark
Caudal fin of the Whaleshark
Head of the Whaleshark as seen fro…
Head of the Whaleshark as seen fr…
Fin of the Whaleshark
Fin of the Whaleshark
Front of the Whaleshark, with clea…
Front of the Whaleshark, with cle…
This was the biggest and friendlie…
This was the biggest and friendli…
Eye and mouth of the Whaleshark
Eye and mouth of the Whaleshark
The mouth that nearly ate me!
The mouth that nearly ate me!
Eye and mouth of a Whaleshark
Eye and mouth of a Whaleshark
Jozo swimming next to the gills
Jozo swimming next to the gills
I think hes watching me...
I think he's watching me...
Up close and personal with a 9m sw…
Up close and personal with a 9m s…
The underside of the whalesharks h…
The underside of the whalesharks …
Whaleshark begins to bank right as…
Whaleshark begins to bank right a…
Side of view of the head
Side of view of the head
I was only a metre away and the vi…
I was only a metre away and the v…
Second dorsal fin of the Whaleshark
Second dorsal fin of the Whaleshark
Caudal fin of the whaleshark
Caudal fin of the whaleshark
Caudal fin of the whaleshark
Caudal fin of the whaleshark
Caudal fin of the whaleshark
Caudal fin of the whaleshark
Donsol
photo by: Deats