October 12, 2010 Leave a comment
October 3, 2010 1 Comment
One of Germany’s leading marine life photographers Markus Roth visited Ahe Dive resort this year and had some unique encounters with the resident whale sharks. His beautiful pictures where compiled into a gorgeous whale shark calender. The benefits of the calender will go to the Scubasigns Foundation.
For more information please visit Markus’ website
September 7, 2010 Leave a comment
More pictures here
August 27, 2010 Leave a comment
On July 25 and August 10 two whale sharks were caught by Japanese fishermen off the coast of Tateyama-Chiba prefecture, Japan. The two whale sharks are currently held in a 50×50 meter space, 7meters tall, that is cordoned off by a net.
While waiting for an aquarium to house the whale sharks, facilitators are taking the opportunity to profit by letting 40 divers inside the enclosure daily, as well as boat tours, creating a lot of stress to the whale sharks. In addition, the tiny enclosure forces the sharks to make a lot of sharp turns, causing it to burn off its energy very fast.
The man-made environment can also not cater to a whale shark’s special feeding requirements. In short, its inability to adapt to this captivity will drastically reduce the sharks lifespan.
How crazy are divers even thinking of going there for fun!!!??? they should go there to cut up the nets if you ask me… Sign the petition or take other action – this has to stop!
August 27, 2010 Leave a comment
Both in the current issue and in the October issue there will be two great articles in Duiken magazine. They were among the first visitors at the Ahe dive resort toghether with Eigen Wijze Duikreizen and the guys out there had an amazing time with them. Thanks for all your support and producing these great articles!! And for all you divers out there, don’t miss it!
August 18, 2010 Leave a comment
Scubadiver Australasia just hit the shops with the whalesharks of Ahe on the cover and a story on the whalesharks by ‘yours truly’ Get your copy or have a peak at the digital version here
April 23, 2010 3 Comments
When diving with the whale sharks at Ahe, you don’t just see one swimming by but they stay at the same location for hours. Sometimes we encounter a few (2-3) but if you are lucky it is teaming with whale sharks.. record stands at 10 individuals during one dive. The reason for them staying at one spot is because they like to suck on the nets of the soft net fishing boats. These boats go out fishing at night using bright lights to attract the bigger fish. They use smaller fish to attract even more. The smaller fish are kept in a big net under the boat and the whale sharks swim up to these nets and start sucking on them. We don’t yet know why. .is it because they can suck the small fish through the maze, is it because the plankton concentration is higher? We have yet got to find out. Here are some pictures of the whale sharks in action…. Ps.. we have found out that the two days after full moon we don’t encounter whale sharks / reason is very simple, because then there is another big ‘light’ in the sky and the boats don’t go out fishing using their lamps. The days after full moon also the visibility gets worse (see the difference in water color in the pictures). Normally we do get up to 50 meters!! We have now set up a partnership with various organisations to find out more about the behaviour of these magnificent animals. Mike and I will stay on one of these fishing boats for a couple of days to see if we can find out more and the dive team will start a whale shark identifying project to see if we can understand how large the whale shark population is and if some of them have been seen in other parts of the world before. More will follow in the course of June. What is also very interesting to see is their behaviour when we are diving with them. It is a policy around the world that snorkling with whale sharks is prefered above diving because the whale sharks are afraid of the bubbles. We see that around here it is completely different. They swim into the bubbles on purpose because they somehow like the feeling, they will even try to ‘gulp’ the bubbles with their mouths. The whale sharks come up to you very close as long as you stay very calm and relaxed and don’t chase them as some torpedo. We see that when we don’t interfere with their behaviour and keep our cool they come up to us. They check us out to around one meter in front of us and then gently choose direction.