To add to an already awesome weekend (friends visiting & the waterfall), we thought we’d add to the fun by going to visit our friendly gentle giants, the whale sharks of Cendrawasih Bay.
While Nabire has many perks, whale sharks are probably the biggest (pun intended). Swimming with whale sharks is like nothing I’ve ever done before (ok, well, I’ve done this exact thing twice before, but you know what I mean)
They are huge.
They are beautiful.
They are gentle (thankfully).
They are an amazing part of God’s creation that sits right outside outside our doorstep (you, know, in the bay…a two-hour boat ride away)
The dark thing at the top of the waterline is our boat. These things are hugenormous (spell check is telling me that this isn’t a word…it’s my blog spell check, back off)
Those are my legs! Each time I visit the whale sharks I get slightly more brave. I didn’t even hold on to or climb up anyone this time! I did however, hold on to the boat most of the time. Baby steps, people. Baby steps.
This child, however, was fearless. Jordan, you’re awesome! (also, my legs in the background along with Katie and April).
Timing a picture with all three of us and a whale shark was proving difficult. But, we did it!
This might be the most epic Father-Son photo ever taken.
“They will not eat me, they will not eat me.” My whale shark mantra.
It’s hard to tell from this photo, but we had three other shark visitors as well. We later determined they were white-tipped reef sharks…I think. Thankfully they stayed far away from us.
Not to be deterred by the other sharks, look at me being brave!
Don’t you want to visit us now? I mean, seriously. What is this life I’m living? When Elias gets older, we want to take him out to see our friendly giants too. He stayed home with Daddy this time around.