Image: Whale Shark in Botany Bay

Whale Shark in Botany Bay

A Whale Shark seen between the heads at Botany Bay, Sydney, New South Wales.

Carl Fallon (Abyss Scuba Diving, Sydney)
© Carl Fallon


The fish was estimated to be 4 m in length. Carl Fallon and companions from Abyss Diving couldn't believe it as their boat passed by "a very large shark" at about 11 am on 21 April 2011. As quickly as possible they returned to the spot where they saw the shark, but it had 'disappeared'. After searching for a few minutes, the shark actually swam up to their boat where it remained for 3 to 4 minutes. It circled the boat several times, even raising an eye out of the water to watch the occupants, before swimming away.

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Whale Shark, Rhincodon typus, Rhincodontidae,