I was in the Galapagos to photograph whale sharks, but nothing prepared me for swimming with the biggest fish on the planet.
I have been a diver and a photographer for many years. When I was a child, I wrote to Jacques-Yves Cousteau because I wanted to be onboard his ship, the Calypso. This was my third time in Galapagos and this time I could join the Cousteau divers – a childhood dream come true.
I think the spirit of Captain Cousteau was with us. We saw five or six whale sharks on every dive. I wish everyone could experience it one day - that is why I am so happy to share my pictures. These pictures were very challenging to shoot as the visibility in the waters around the Galapagos Islands is not always the best and the depth varies so much. Sometimes we were near the surface, with a bright light from the sun, and sometimes very deep. The whale sharks are fast, so you have to work faster and know your equipment. Action and adrenaline!
I also had to be careful as they came so close but it is forbidden to touch any animal in the Galapagos. You must have respect for such wonderful creatures and you do not want to scare them either. I was lucky that they swam past me. One even rose up right underneath me. The images in my head are still better than any I took!