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Whale Shark T-052

This left-side shot, focusing on the area between the gills and the rear edge of the pectoral fin is the perfect zone for spot identification using the Ecocean Whale Shark project database.

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Whale Shark T-052

Whale Shark (Rhincodon Typus) T-052 is a small, 2 - 3m female that appeared at Sail Rock in October 2009. Dr. Dhanin Hiriotappa (Taeng to everyone) is an excellent underwater photographer and thankfully she got these perfect shots which led to this shark receiving a unique indentification number via the Whale Shark project.

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Whale Shark T-051

Whale Shark T-051 turns and gently descends into deeper water during this encounter at Sail Rock.

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Whale Shark T-051

The visibility at Sail Rock was not so good on the day that Whale Shark T-051 appeared, however it was just about possible to get the shots required for "spot-mapping" and subsequent identification.

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Whale Shark T-045

Unfortunately, this photograph of Whale Shark T-045 shows the damage being caused by the piece of rope attached around the base of her tail. The cut at this point is already deep, and the rope could potentially remain in place for a number of years...

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Whale Shark T-045

This left-side photograph of Whale Shark T-045 gives a good view of her unusual line patterns.

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Whale Shark T-042

Whale Shark (Rhincodon Typus) T-042, passes overhead during an encounter at Sail Rock.

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Whale Shark T-042

Whale Shark (Rhincodon Typus) T-042, a 4 - 5m female seen at Sail Rock in July 2008.