Happy Whale Shark Day!

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Look out!!
It was almost time for us to experience what we had all traveled from so far and long for.  After a very early breakfast, there was one last thing to do before finally encountering the whale sharks - the requisite registration and orientation for the whale shark interaction.  We were all so psyched!

Whale Watching

And so there we were - out in the open waters waiting for our spotter to give us the cue to jump.  The initial dive was the most tiring of all.  Pandemonium set in upon finally hearing the magic word for the first time.  In as much as we tried to dive in calmly, the anticipation and excitement of seeing and swimming alongside the gentle giants got the better of everybody.  Hitting the boat's propeller, bumping our heads on the outrigger, missing the whale shark, swimming too close to the whale shark, swimming in the wrong direction, getting left behind by the group - all these ideas dominating our thoughts were compounded by the adrenalin rush we collectively felt as we swam towards the BIOs.
The money shot!
  

Before we could collect ourselves, a dark shadow draws near and the butanding glides past, replacing the noises in our heads with a deafening silence.  The sight of the mighty whale shark in its spotted beauty was overwhelming, paralyzing us as we tried to swim calmly in place.  It seemed like an eternity but the encounter lasted no more than just a few seconds.

We all felt the energy drain from our bodies when we surfaced minutes later.  But after the first rush had subsided, going back in became a lot more pleasant.  In the span of about 2 hours, we spotted at least a dozen of those magnificent creatures.  Two of them even swam next to and under our boat.  Though we didn't have the energy to dive in each time, we all definitely had our fill.

All good things come to an end and so did our adventure of a lifetime with the whale sharks in Donsol.
Doing right by the Tourist Police
  After a very filling lunch, we prepared to leave and milled around for about an hour while waiting for our transfer to bring us back to the bus station in Legaspi where we would make our way to Manila.  This time around, the bus didn't break down and we made it home in the appropriated time of only 14 hours!

planisphere says:
kanino galing ang mga underwater shots? :)
Posted on: Oct 25, 2008
Isabetlog says:
I went in March.
Posted on: Jul 30, 2008
abubu says:
sarap!
Posted on: Mar 31, 2008
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Look out!!
Look out!!
The money shot!
The money shot!
Doing right by the Tourist Police
Doing right by the Tourist Police
A whale shark swimming under our b…
A whale shark swimming under our …
Lamprey
Lamprey
Belly
Belly
Fin
Fin
Ridged back
Ridged back
Our spotter
Our spotter
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