Shark Encounters

Bruce 62>> discusses filming whale sharks in the Sea of Cortés with oceanographer Bob Ballard:

  • We were out on a sailboat, so there really was absolutely no shade, and the only way we could get relief from the heat was to dive into the water...

  • Here comes this whale shark   46>> directly towards me. This thing was 30 feet long [9 meters] or more—longer than a school bus...

  • I was able to reach out and grab its dorsal fin, and I got about a 50-yard [46-meter] ride on the back of the whale shark.

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Bruce on Itchy Business

A Whale of A Ride
Photograph 62 by
Stella Cha

Photograph 46 by
Gary Bell