Whale shark spotted at Kittiwake

A giant whale shark spent St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday feeding near the Kittiwake 
wreck dive site.  

Divers and snorkellers who went to see the Kittiwake were treated to the rare sight of the 35-foot-long whale shark.  

Whale sharks are uncommon in Cayman waters, but this one was believed to be on a migratory path and had stopped off to feed on sea thimbles.  

These docile creatures can grow to 50 feet in length and eat mostly plankton and 
bait fish through their 
wide mouths. 

whale shark at Kittiwake Cayman Islands

A 35-foot-long whale shark was seen in the waters near the Kittiwake dive site on Saturday, 17 March. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED
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5 COMMENTS

  1. It is to bad that the dive operator Wall-to-Wall Divers allowed his divers to grab and ride this beautiful creator and then to publish this abuse is even worse.

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  2. Divejay, please make sure that you have the correct information before you post comments like this. Unfortunately Wall to Wall Diving was not present at the sighting of the amazing whale shark last weekend. Trust me, we wish that had been present to witness this incredible creature and you can rest assured that had we been present we would not have been even touching let alone riding it. I and all my staff have a great respect for all marine creatures, indeed one of my boat captains has spent a year studying and researching whale sharks off the coast of Tanzania where, as in most places in the world there is a very strict DON’T TOUCH law.
    We certainly don’t condone this behavior from anyone and the divers involved obviously had severe lapses of judgement in their interaction with this creature.

    Once again, please don’t bad mouth a person or organization without getting your facts straight first. IT WAS NOT WALL TO WALL DIVING, IT’S EMPLOYEES OR CUSTOMERS!
    Thank you.

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  3. Who and from what dive operation this photo originated should be very easy to determine. This incident of touching is not uncommon today in the SCUBA diving world. It occurs because of a lack of training and emphasis from the various dive schools, especially in tourist market locations, to wit Come dive with us, we can teach you in 3 hours is a common advertisment. It is being driven by the almighty tourist dollar. SCUBA diving is no longer a privilege for those who dedicate this sport to preserving our oceans and the life which exists in them.

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  4. Hopefully the Water Sports Association will get on this and see that dive operators are trained in dealing with marine life and see to it that their divers are likewise advised.

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