13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Whaleshark and Entourage

The whaleshark is considered by scuba divers to be one of the most revered animals in the underwater world. To be graced a visit by one of these gentle giants is awe-inspiring, exhilarating and completely overwhelming! This was my first encounter in March 2015… my heart was pounding, my breathing began to quicken as I was totally overcome with emotion. Its beauty and grace brought me to to tears… it was love at first sight.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Koh Tao, Thailand
Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Copyright: © Christine Albanese