We’ve been uploading all of our whale shark identification photographs to the ECOCEAN Whale Shark Database in the hope that somewhere, sometime, they’d pop up in another country – or vice-versa.
Well, one of them finally has!!!
MZ-301 was first photographed at Sodwana Bay by the Whale Shark Watch team, Rob and Sam Bester, back in February 2007. Andy Currey took this photo of MZ-301, a seven metre male, four months later at Tofo.
Okay, so geographically South Africa is pretty much next-door. However, a 500 km swim is nothing to sniff at. As desperate science students tend to repeat dogmatically, no result is still a result. In fact, the lack of resightings from further afield (with over 300 Mozambican sharks in the database) is rather intriguing. Given that Tofo’s waters resemble a seafood buffet much of the time, perhaps they don’t need to stray?
Anyway, all this is an excellent excuse to go diving at Sodwana Bay sometime in the not-too-distant future, so we’re pretty happy about that. Sodwana Bay is just south of the Mozambique border and Ponta do Oura, from where we’ve also had a couple of recent resightings of Tofo sharks thanks to Angie Gullan from Dolphin Encountours.
Here’s hoping they swim to the Maldives next…