Whale shark spotted in Dubai Marina!

Published August 3rd, 2016 - 09:00 GMT
Whale sharks are sometimes spotted off the coast of UAE and in Dubai Marina's man-made canal. (File Photo)
Whale sharks are sometimes spotted off the coast of UAE and in Dubai Marina's man-made canal. (File Photo)

Apparently, the posh locality of Dubai Marina is not only famous among UAE residents, but exotic marine life too.

In recent years, not only sightings of wild animals in cars have been making headlines, but even sightings of whale sharks off the coast of UAE and in Dubai Marina's man-made canal.

Earlier on Tuesday, a Dubai-based Dutch resident spotted a 'baby' whale shark as he was having his breakfast in the balcony.

Talking to Khaleej Times, Pim Bonenkamp said: 'The whale shark I've spotted just in front of my building. I was sitting on the balcony having breakfast and sighted something big in the water. I rushed inside to get my phone to shoot a video. It was 6:50 am.'

Living in Dubai since four years, the program manager at a leading global safety company, seems to be the only lucky one to spot the shark - which he said was around 2-3 meters long, making it a baby whale shark.

Earlier in 2015, another whale shark had came to the 'weekend party' in Dubai Marina.

The mammoth yet sleek visitor seemed to be in love with the sun and surf of Dubai when it played hide and seek with passersby who stopped to take photos and videos.

Residents were pleasantly surprised when they spotted the whale shark in Dubai on a Thursday afternoon. Some of them took to social media to share photos and videos of the visitor.

On being asked whether had he seen that whale shark as well, the 41-year-old Dutch national said that he did not spot it as he had moved to Marina this year in April.

Dubai residents seem to have missed this whale shark sighting as it didn't create the same buzz on social media as last year.

The Dutch national seemed to have an explanation to that: "Not many people observe the Marina at that time, especially in summer time. Few people are running, but normally they don't focus on the water"

Bonenkamp added that the whale shark disappeared towards the sea.

The avid diver is usually diving off the coast of UAE, and has spotted all kinds of exotic marine life, including different kind of rays (marble ray, cowtail ray), stone fish, eel, turtles, black tip reef sharks, nudibranchs, lobster, crabs and even sea horses.

The Dutch national even had a message for people all over the world, which was to avoid littering the seas with garbage as it is killing marine life.


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