It was towards the end of July and I was diving North of Mombasa, Kenya. The whale shark season is usually around January. When the captain of the boat announced there was a whale shark, we thought he was joking. But we realised it was true, we grabbed fins, masks and snorkels and jumped in the water. The shark was not fully grown but was still around 6m long. It is a bit like swimming with a bus. The most impressive thing was that his tail was barely moving and we had to fin really fast to keep up with him. It was an absolute privilege to be able to swim with such an animal. I saw a second one the next day but it disappeared as soon as we entered the water because a tourist tried to grab its tail.
Motormarine II EX, 35 mm
Sea & Sea Flashgun
Fuji Sensia 100
Shark Point, Nyali Beach, Mombasa, Kenya