<p><i>This month, our Photo of the Day editor shares why she chose the shots that you liked best.</i></p> <p>In winter young <a href="http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/fish/whale-shark/?source=podinline">whale sharks</a> come to feed on plankton in the nutrient-rich waters of the Gulf of Tadjoura, off the arid coast of <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/djibouti-guide/?source=podinline">Djibouti</a>. The world's largest fish—weighing more than an elephant—is becoming a symbol of Arabia's bountiful, but largely unprotected, marine heritage.</p> <p><i>See more <a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/03/arabian-seas/peschak-photography?source=podrelated">pictures</a> from the March 2012 feature <a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/03/arabian-seas/warne-text?source=podrelated">story</a>, "The Seas of Arabia."</i></p> <p><b>What Made This a Photo of the Day</b></p> <p>I'm often drawn to over/under shots like these, in which you get a glimpse of a hidden world just below the surface of the waves. And in this case, the immediacy of coming face to face with such a beautiful creature is thrilling—as is imagining yourself in the water with it. <i>—Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor</i></p>

Whale Shark, Gulf of Tadjoura

This month, our Photo of the Day editor shares why she chose the shots that you liked best.

In winter young whale sharks come to feed on plankton in the nutrient-rich waters of the Gulf of Tadjoura, off the arid coast of Djibouti. The world's largest fish—weighing more than an elephant—is becoming a symbol of Arabia's bountiful, but largely unprotected, marine heritage.

See more pictures from the March 2012 feature story, "The Seas of Arabia."

What Made This a Photo of the Day

I'm often drawn to over/under shots like these, in which you get a glimpse of a hidden world just below the surface of the waves. And in this case, the immediacy of coming face to face with such a beautiful creature is thrilling—as is imagining yourself in the water with it. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

Photograph by Thomas P. Peschak, National Geographic

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