We know so very little about the whale shark. We know they can grow up to the size of a school bus at 18+ meters, live to be over a hundred years old, and that they like tend to congregate in certain hotspots around the world
But little else really. Their mating behavior, where they spend their juvenile years, why only males tend to show up in most of the hotspots, all that and more remain a mystery
But what we do know is that their population has halved in the last 30 - 40 years .
They are here year round in Tofo, which makes it a great place to study them up close, in a natural setting, in a non-intrusive way. There is much work being done out here to help learn more about this amazing beast and aid in their conservation
It does as always start with awareness. And part of that is showcasing their splendor. I was fortunate to snap this rather unique perspective in great conditions, which worked wonderfully in black and white