Uncommon whaleshark sighting off southern Sri Lanka!

Whaleshark off southern Sri Lanka

Friendly whaleshark off southern Sri Lanka

My number one mantra to all my students is “when working on the ocean, always expect the unexpected”. So far, I’ve been right every single day! Never more right than two days ago when we were 50 km offshore in 2 m swell and sea state 4 waters. This little fella (6-8 feet) approached us and just hung around our stopped boat for an hour! As it turns out sightings of juvenile whalesharks are rare because no one knows where the pupping grounds are. So location details of sightings like this and any others (we’ve seen 2 others this season) are super valuable to researchers. No fear, we will be passing on these details to the cool folks at the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences. All I have to say for now is – incredible sighting in crystal clear waters ~ so damn lucky! #fieldwork #slblues #weligama#srilanka #whaleshark #ocean #gifts #precious #cute #bff

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


× 6 = twenty four

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>