Whale Shark Swim in Maldives

Just returned from my second liveaboard dive trip in the Maldives and had a fantastic encounter with the largest fish in the ocean – the magnificent whale shark (rhincodon typus). Our boat – Island Safari Royal 2 – found this slow moving filter-feeder at a site well known for whale shark sightings – Maamigili Outer reef. It’s located on the southern tip of the South Ari Atoll in the Maldives. After everyone gave up chasing the fish, I managed to keep up with it and swim with him alone for over 12 minutes – filming video and snapping photos. This is a condensed video I made for our Maldivian dive guide, Niyan, and presented it to him at the end of the trip as a thank you souvenir of the great dive memory. He can be seen swimming with the whale shark at the end of the video since we were the only two who managed to keep up with this gentle giant. It’s my second whale shark seen at Maamigili. I hope you can all come to Maldives one day and say hello to these friendly, peaceful creatures. Hope you enjoy the short video! 19 January 2011.