Whale sharks

Trip Start Sep 11, 2012
Trip End Sep 09, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

After I had a quick chat with Esther, who is a colleague at the Novotel, regarding going swimming with Whale sharks she took me out today. I got picked up from Ningaloo Blue at around 7.15am from the house and of we went. On the trip were a few others, too. It was a great mix.
On the bus to Tandibiddi we all were told a bit about a few things in that area. I knew a few things already but some things were new to me. We have in Exmouth 13 towers which are used for signalling submarines etc. They are place in a very strategic place here and there are only 4 of those sets in the world. Very cool. As well the centre tower is with over 300 meters the tallest building in Exmouth and it is even higher than the Eiffel tower in Paris. Pretty random facts but amazing.
After that we reached the boat ramp and took the zodiac boat to the charter boat out on sea. From there the adventure began. Our first stop were still within the reef where we went for a quick snorkel in the water. It was great to see it and interesting to see how big the fish were there regarding to previous snorkels in Turquoise Bay which belongs to the same reef. The Ningaloo Reef has a lot of different fish and corals. Just beautiful. After we had our morning swim and all were awake we got a little induction to swimming with the whale sharks and some history about them. Whale sharks are actual sharks but they feed like whales from plankton, spawn and smaller sea animals such as crabs etc. By the time it was all ready 10am and we left the reef to the deep ocean. You could see it like a line on a drawing board the change of the colour of the water. We went from turquoise colour to a nice clear deep blue. It was beautiful. Our first interesting encounter was a sea snake and it was the first living and wild snake I saw since I am in Oz. from there we had to wait until the spotter plane found a shark. But it wasn't to long and the engine raw and of we drove to found the whale shark. The first group went into the water and got a good look at him but as the second group of us went in it decided to go diving and we didn't saw him at all. But he came back up and we had another go. During the day we found 2 more and it was just amazing how peaceful and graceful the move through the waters. No wonder they are called the gentle giants. Especially the 3rd one we found was just cruising along. Beautiful. I loved the whole day so far even though I got sea sick and my body didn't wanted as I did. Anyway I still swam with the whale sharks and didn't wanted to let a bit of motion sickness keep me from that amazing experience. Eventually I was out of energy and I fell asleep on board. By the time I woke up lunch was ready and we were back in the inner reef where the water was a bit calmer, too. I felt better as well by then and enjoyed some food and another snorkel in the reef. Where we seen a few more amazing corals and fish.
The whole day had to finish eventually and we were all dropped of at our accommodation around 4.30pm.
I took a shower and went to bed as I was totally exhausted and tired.
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