a star balloon fish and a grouper reveal their true colors with the flash of the camera ...
a star balloon fish and a grouper reveal their true colors with the flash of the camera ...

I saw the man who saw the whale shark

  Thailand: Southern Islands - January 2007

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic translation of an article originally written in French. I apologise for any strange sentences and funny mistakes that may have resulted. If you read French, click on the French flag below to access the original, correct text: 


Grrr... Two days in a row that I dive, hoping to see the mythical whale shark seen in the waters of Koh Haa three days ago. But nothing…

Flocks of leopard-sharks, moray eels, fish-balls, parrots, shrimps, corals, and all the usual owl tropical fauna. But whale shark, not at all!

a star balloon fish and a grouper reveal their true colors with the flash of the camera ...
a star balloon fish and a grouper reveal their true colors with the camera flash...

For the day before yesterday, the boat was crowded. Because of the said whale shark. The news spread like plankton in the sea on a full moon day, from one dive shop to another. And we ended up taking a lot of other people with the same hope. Fortunately, the boat of Blue Planet Divers is big and comfortable ...

But for now, I am simply the girl who saw the man who saw the whale shark. The videographer who accompanied us yesterday had the chance to film the huge fish: "At least ten meters"he says, and I believe him. Because he obviously showed us the video he made that day... Impressive images, but on TV, it's not the same emotion as live underwater!

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I add below a video of whale sharks, made several years after this 2007 trip. It was in 2014 in Mexicooff Isla Mujeres...

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Otherwise, I took advantage of my little "break" day between two dives, three days ago (yes, the day of the whale shark, and I was not even underwater) to extend the motorcycle ride I started last week.

I ventured out on the dirt road that extends the main paved road, at the very south of the island, and that leads to a nature reserve. The dirt road is fortunately quite practicable in dry weather and leads, after many detours in the green and refreshing shade of the jungle, to a lighthouse, planted on a rock beaten by the wind. A small sensation of the end of the world.

South of Koh Lanta, a lighthouse, beaten by the wind and waves ...
South of Koh Lanta, a lighthouse, beaten by the wind and waves ...

On the way, fantastic beaches barely attended. I take breaks here and there, at the option of restaurants and nice cafes along the road and sea ... Home adorable everywhere.

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  Thailand: Southern Islands - January 2007

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