Swimming With Whale Sharks

One of my all-time favourite ocean memories is swimming with the Whale sharks in Exmouth. It's something that I'd wanted to do for so long and it was an experience I'll never forget (photos courtesy of Chris Jansen and Live Ningaloo)!

The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a filter-feeding carpet shark (not a whale, like its name suggests). These beautiful spotted creatures are the biggest fish in the sea and can grow up to 20m long. They live in tropical and warm-temperate seas and come to Ningaloo Reef during the coral spawning from March until August every year.

I was a guest of Live Ningaloo, a boutique tour operator who take a maximum of 10 people out on their luxury boat at a time. They are passionate about responsible tourism and creating intimate and personalised experiences for their guests which means happy wildlife and more time in the water! 


It's hard to describe the experience in words but I was completely captivated with how calm and massive these beautiful creatures are to be close to. 

During the day we were provided with a delicious local spread for lunch and snacks, before returning for an afternoon snorkel on the pristine Ningaloo reef with turtles, coral and fish.

Check out this amazing video from Live Ningaloo (footage by @shotbylukewilliams). I highly recommend putting a whale shark swim on your bucket list!!


The Whale Shark is listed as vulnerable to extinction by the IUCN