Whale shark poo, a photo essay

Whale shark poop
A couple weeks ago, I posted images from my first attempt to capture a whale shark silhouette with a sunball behind it. The attempt produced [a decent photo](/journal/2010/07/31/whale-shark-aggregation-isla-mujeres/).

The following few days presented many more opportunities to go after such a shot.

First, here's the original image, which I shot on July 31, 2010:

A silhouette of a whale shark (Rhincodon typus) feeding in
a bonito spawning event off of Isla Mujeres, Mexico

I thought this was a pretty good image shot, but I knew I could do better. I dove down a few more times the next day and managed to get a silhouette with the sunball directly above the head of a shark:

I also captured a sunball image with two sharks in the frame:

... but this wasn't enough.

On August 3, 2010, Wired Science News posted a story about a scientist's exciting [first glimpse of whale shark poop](http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/08/whale-shark-poop/). A blurry aerial photo accompanies the article.

Big deal -- we swam through tons of whale shark poo on a daily basis! And the blurry photo? Scientists should partner with photographers; the article should really have used my image of a silhouetted whale shark pooping:

It has a sunball and God rays in the frame, which makes it artsy. To mix it up, I also shot a horizontal version:

When we were in the water with the whale sharks off of Isla Mujeres, we saw whale sharks poop constantly. I swam though huge clouds of the stuff and pretended that it was just light-brown sand in order to make being in a giant cloud of poo seem less disgusting.

After I captured about a dozen whale shark / sunball images, I switched to video. Shooting video with an underwater camera's dome port pointing into the sun does not present a forgiving scenario, but it was worth a try. Every fingerprint and little piece of dust will show up in your footage and cannot easily be removed.

Below are some more photos of whale shark poo. Enjoy. :)

And so you don't have to leave this page only thinking about whale shark poop, here's one of my favorite splits from the trip.

Split image of a whale shark (Rhincodon typus) feeding in a bonito spawning event off of Isla Mujeres, Mexico