Jul 212012

A superb and unique photograph featuring a gigantic whale shark just under a yacht created a lot of buzz on the internet, especially on social network Facebook.

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Shawn Heinrichs photo of a whale shark passing beneath a yacht at Isla Mujeres, turned viral

Many folks expressed their doubts regarding the originality of the image because not much details about it had been given at first.

You can see the stunning photo as well as other explanatory messages on Shawn Heinrichs Facebook Page.

But now, Shawn Heinrichs, the guy who snapped the photo, stepped forward to shed light on this aspect. Heinrichs claims that the “yacht-above-shark” picture is authentic and was taken several days ago at Isla Mujeres in Mexico.

Moreover Shawn – a diver and photographer – gave further details on his close encounter with the magnificent whale shark.

“This is the place of the world’s largest whale shark aggregations,” he revealed in Facebook message. “Hundreds have been spotted in this particular location.”

How was the image taken? Heinrichs explains:
“The water was still that day and the whale shark encounters were off the charts. I saw the sharks passing close to our boat so I swam back and waited. To get a shot like this requires a lot of technical know-how and experience because focusing on an object above and below the water at the same time is challenging.

“Also, getting the horizon line level and water off the lens is an exercise in patience and determination. Go for it and see what comes up.”



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