Today we all went out on a boat to swim with the whale sharks. They are the biggest fish in the ocean growing up to 17-18 metres. Not much is known about them and Ningaloo Reef is one of the places they turn up to each year and it is easily accessible to see them. Fortunately for us they feed on plankton, not little boys.
It took a bit to find the sharks but then jackpot, a 7-8 metre shark that was swimming slowly and near the surface. So in we jumped. The boat drops you in front of where the whale shark is swimming. First of all you see nothing in the water and then out of the blue this enormous creature appears. You then have to swim to the side of it and then can continue to swim along next to it.
As I said we had a very slow swimming shark so it was easy for us to keep up. Others had told us it was a mad scramble to keep up so we didn’t think Patrick would be able to do it. No such problem we all got to do it 3-4 times.
A most unbelievable experience to swim with something so big and beautiful.
So far this is the highlight of the trip. Even being sea sick didn’t stop Patrick and Ben. A quick spew and then back in snorkelling with the whale shark. Nothing was going to stop them. (We heard the trip the next day had loads of stinging jellyfish – that may have stopped them)
In the afternoon the boat returned to the inner reef and the day was topped off by diving, bombing and somersaulting off the roof of the boat. The crew by this stage had worked out the boys were pretty game and enjoyed throwing them off the boat.
Tom rediscovered his inner child and did a backflip off the roof (with his new toy – his GoPro) I stuck to diving.
All extremely happy and completely exhausted we returned home.
Possible best day ever!