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Whale Sharks of Cenderawasih – Photographs by Daniel Selmeczi

The biggest fish in the ocean, whale sharks are filter feeders, cruising tropical waters in search of plankton and small fish. Frequently on the move, encounters with them are usually brief, sometimes no longer than a few minutes. The recent discovery of a bay in New Guinea, frequented by whale sharks all year round, has changed that.

Local fishermen in Cenderawasih Bay have long used boats called bagans, equipped with platforms, nets and underwater lights, to catch small fish, ikan puri. These are kept under the bagan in a net until the catch is taken ashore. Whale sharks, attracted to the ready supply of fish, have learned to extract fish from the nets by sucking at them, stealing the fishermen’s catch.

Whale sharks are considered to bring good fortune, so the fishermen actively encourage their presence by feeding feed them, attracting greater numbers. There are now so many resident whale sharks that the bay has been designated a Marine National Park.

Photos © Daniel Selmeczi / stevebloom.com

Whale shark, Cenderawasih Bay, New Guinea , Indonesia
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Whale shark with open mouth, Cenderawasih Bay, New Guinea , Indonesia
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Whale sharks with bagan (local fishing boat with platform and nets) visible above, Cenderawasih Bay, New Guinea, Indonesia
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Local fishermen on a bagan (fishing boat with platform and nets) with whale shark, Cenderawasih Bay, New Guinea , Indonesia
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Whale shark with bagan (local fishing boat with platform and nets) visible above, Cenderawasih Bay, New Guinea, Indonesia
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Whale shark, Cenderawasih Bay, New Guinea , Indonesia
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Split scene of Whale shark below a bagan (local fishing boat with platform and nets), Cenderawasih Bay, New Guinea , Indonesia
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Underside of Whale shark, Cenderawasih Bay, New Guinea , Indonesia
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Net filled with small fish, ikan puri, below a Bagan (local fishing boat with platform and nets), Cenderawasih Bay, New Guinea , Indonesia
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Whale shark below the nets of the bagan (local fishing boat with platform and nets), Cenderawasih Bay, New Guinea , Indonesia
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Whale shark, Cenderawasih Bay, New Guinea , Indonesia
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Whale shark with open mouth, Cenderawasih Bay, New Guinea , Indonesia
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Whale shark with open mouth, Cenderawasih Bay, New Guinea , Indonesia
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Whale shark swimming at the surface, Cenderawasih Bay, New Guinea , Indonesia
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Whale shark, Cenderawasih Bay, New Guinea , Indonesia
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Whale shark silhouette, Cenderawasih Bay, New Guinea , Indonesia
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