30th August 2015
The elusive whale shark is the world's largest fish, spanning up to 12m long. This docile creature feeds on plankton and is one of the most exciting unexpected encounters on every dive and snorkel aficionados list.
Whale sharks can be seen throughout Indonesia, though perhaps the prime spot is Cenderawasih Bay, off the coast of West Papua. Here, the local fishermen have a special relationship with the whale sharks, which gather in large numbers to feed on the small fry that escape through nets that hang from wooden fishing platforms.