If these photos don’t convince you to go try and see some whalesharks, I don’t know what will. In September 2011, Mrs. MM and I visited Vancouver, and several wonderful folks and readers of marketmanila, led by bettyq, spent an afternoon and evening with us, showing us around the city and sitting down to a terrific meal that evening. Stewart is also from Vancouver, but was unable to make that dinner, and sent over a stunning pasalubong… a photo of a salmon or huge trout in a river that was amazing. Shot partly underwater and partly above water, with a bit of the shoreline and trees visible, it hangs proudly near my desk today. Many months later, when Stewart emailed to say he was coming to Cebu, specifically to dive and perhaps photograph whalesharks near Moalboal, on the western side of the island, I was hoping to catch up with him. Schedules didn’t cooperate, as I think we were out of the country, but Stewart managed to grab some lechon at the Zubuchon just outside the airport and headed straight to the diving grounds…
After his trip, I asked how it all went and he sent these utterly stunning photos of the whalesharks. I asked his permission to publish them, but never got around to doing that until I rediscovered the photos in my inbox while clearing things out and trying to organize my laptop! I have written about the whalesharks of Oslob before, here, and yes I realize there is some controversy surrounding them, but go to the old posts and comments for my views on that if interested. At any rate, these are fantastic photos of majestic creatures in the wild. Thank you very much Stewart for sharing them with us…
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Please do NOT use any of these photos without Mr. Sy’s express written permission. Thank you.