But first we had to watch the most comical video in the history of educational videos. The video went on about the majesty of the whale shark, then showed how only 1 boat was allowed per whale-shark, and only 6 swimmers. Each was to maintain proper distance from the shark. Extra distance was required for the large powerful tail. We hopped in our boat, and immediately headed toward a large pack of 10 boats surrounding a poor hapless shark. I suppose at least everyone was getting their money's worth. We got dropped in and the mosh pit approached. The captain yelled, "Its coming! Dive!" The ocean was milky white from the thick crush of plankton. Suddenly, a dark massive shape approached, and then it appeared. Its mouth opened wide enough to swallow me, I quickly swam out of the way. Incredible!!
connection I'd made to those curious dolphins in Costa Rica. But there was none of that here, this was just a big dumb fish. Disappointed, I looked over its long spotted body, complete with interesting ridges along its length. Two parasitic fish swam just ahead of the mouth, looking for scraps. It was so big and the water was so thick with plankton I couldn't even see all of it. I slowed enough to let it start to pass. The huge dorsal fin came into view, and then the tail, lazily swishing back and forth. It was a big docile monster, no bark, no bite. I wanted to bring him home as pet. But first I knew I would have to ask Mom.