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Published on Jul 24, 2012
For the first three dives of my Advanced Open Water Diver course I did a full day trip to Sail Rock, which is an hour or so off Koh Tao (between it and Koh Phangan). On the first dive we could hear someone tapping their tank off in the distance because they could see a whale shark, but we didn't see it. At the end of our second dive we managed to see it briefly before we were forced to surface. Halfway through the second surface interval people from the boats started jumping into the water because it was swimming near the surface. I threw on my fins as quickly as I could, jumped in, swam under the boat (naughty, naughty), and followed it for a few minutes. According to our dive instructor, it was a medium size whale shark, maybe on the smaller side of that.
Apologies for the shaky vision; normally I strap the ContourHD to my speargun which keeps it steady, but I should probably strap it to something with a bit of inertia like a steel pole while diving.