THREATENED SPECIES - Runner-up
A whale shark cruises past a bagan or local bait fishing boat. The juvenile whale sharks in the bay here have developed a relationship with the fishermen, where the fishermen provide offerings to the sharks before snorkellers and scuba divers jump in to swim with them.
Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua, Indonesia
Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon EF 8–15mm fisheye, 1/250, f/13, ISO 200, two Ikelite DS161 strobes, Aquatica housing with 4” mini dome, handheld
Status: The Whale shark Rhincodon typus is listed as Vulnerable.by Matti Ovaska, Queensland