View Full Version : Whale Shark encounter

08-17-2009, 18:23
We were diving in Panama City, had done first dive on the Black Bart. We moved over to Bridge Span 1 for our second dive. I had swapped tanks and put my SCUBA back on, but was paddling around on a snorkel waiting on surface interval to pass. Looked down, and did a double take. I raised my head outta the water and told the remaining folks on the boat: "There is a WHALE SHARK down there!!" (dive boat was empty in less than 30 seconds) Dove down and spend 30 mins hanging out with the coolest creature I have ever encounted underwater. He had no concern with our presence, actually seemed to enjoy our interaction.

08-17-2009, 19:08
Great pcs....you lucky guy....I've snorkeled with them but never dove with one yet!

08-17-2009, 20:16
Excellent pics! It is totally my dream to get in the water and spend some time with one of these creatures. I AM SO JEALOUS!!!

08-17-2009, 20:21
Excellent! Good picts too. Looks like a young one given the length.

08-17-2009, 22:18
Wow!!! That is so cool! I'm so jealous!

08-17-2009, 22:24
That is just awesome!

08-18-2009, 07:02
Very cool! Great photos as well!

08-18-2009, 08:25
Thanks for the pics. They are grand animals to swim with.


08-18-2009, 11:01
Right place, right time. Really nice! :smiley20:

I hope my wife doesn't see this thread. I'm lobbying for a trip to Utila and if she see's this, I'm doomed! :smiley36:

08-18-2009, 11:11
I am extremly jealous myself. That would be the ultimate experiance.

08-18-2009, 11:56
Way to go! What an incredible experience!:smiley20::smiley20: Maybe one day ill be lucky enough...:smilie40:

Thanks for sharing!

08-28-2009, 14:29
Simply incredible!!! That is my dream encounter.

08-28-2009, 22:42
What a story! Thanks for posting those GREAT pictures!

Deep VI
08-31-2009, 05:32
Whale sharks have been think around PC this year. Not lucky yet, but am hoping! On another note, check out those tasty Cobia following along! :D

09-02-2009, 13:01
What an awesome encounter. I sure hope I get an encounter like that someday :)

And the pics are great, really cool :)

09-02-2009, 19:00
Thanks for the pics and story! Awesome creatures that I have yet to find! I am jealous!