A whale shark encounter is high on the list of every diver (or snorkeler). These harmless sharks are the largest fish on the planet and can reach a length of over 40 feet. These gentle giants feed on shrimp and small fish as well as other planktonic food found in the water column. Read more about the incredible whale shark on Wikipedia
This photo was taken in Cendrawasih Bay in West Papua, Indonesia where whale sharks are a common sight. Unfortunately, these beautiful animals are considered an endangered species as they are fished in many areas of the world. They are a protected species in Indonesia.