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Swim with a whale shark in the Maldives

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New account of blogtrip to the Maldives that we do the Fashion Travel Bloggers in November 2016. On this occasion we tell you our second foray with the whale shark and how it was a total success.

That day we climbed a little boat on the pier of the Resort Angsana Velavaru and we cross the ocean at full speed until we reach the island-hotel Lux South-Ari-Atoll. In the surrounding reef you can see specimens of whale shark, a type of shark that feeds on plankton. Our guide, Algeen, stood at the bow of the boat to try to spot a specimen underwater, near the surface. On this excursion they do not guarantee 100% that you can get to see one of these huge animals, so we were waiting. Nearby there were other boats with tourists, some practicing diving and others also looking for the whale shark. We had footwear fins and glasses and snorkel tube to be prepared to jump into the water at any time. If Algeen gave us the signal and it took us a long time to jump, it was very possible that the shark would pass by quickly.

«Jump now! Jump, jump, jump !!! »Algeen told us urgently and, one by one, we threw ourselves down the stern. Algeen also threw himself into the water and pointed us one point ahead. I quickly put on my glasses and the tube and, when I put my head under water ... there it was! Right in front of my nose. Such a whale shark Medium in size, with its gray skin and white specks, huge, huge, it swam calmly from left to right in front of our noses.

We approached swimming as fast as we could. The shark moved away and now I only saw the tail, moving to one side and the other, like a cow that scares the flies. I put the fifth gear and started swimming to the fullest of my potential. So I managed to place myself next to the beast's back, although about five prudential meters away. Amazing. What underwater mastodon more elegant. I kept swimming, trying to keep up with the whale shark, but swimming at full speed and breathing with the snorkel tube was difficult. When I decided to remove the tube from my mouth and swim normally, the elegant mastodon had already moved away.

However, the two Isabeles of the group followed the beast as if there was no tomorrow. It was his second time swimming with whale sharks and when they stood beside him they followed him for a few minutes along with Algeen filming them. They only stopped swimming when they saw that they had left the group far behind and then the persecution ceased.

It was a unique and spectacular experience. We returned to the boat feeling very fortunate that nature had given us those moments with that animal. Then we try to get lucky again, but it couldn't be. So, finally, we chose to launch ourselves back into the water and contemplate the aquatic life of the reef. There were fish of many colors. I noticed a very beautiful one that combined the turquoise color with yellow and magenta tones. Although all the romanticism went to the badge when this fish suddenly made its needs without even stopping. It was as if he were launching foul depth charges. Luckily, the smells are not transmitted well in the aquatic environment and, in addition, I swam above it and not vice versa.

That said, the panorama on the reef was beautiful and we even saw a tortoise. In fact, Algeen warned us. I would not have detected it because its shell had the same color and texture as the surface of the coral reef. The turtle had no intention of posing in front of tourists, but Algeen convinced her and finally swam past our eyes.

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