Monday, May 09, 2011

Whoz this Girl?

Popped by today on the first dive.
Skinny, at most 3m to the tip of the tail, slightly shredded first dorsal, distinctive markings above mouth - and very inquisitive! Did the whole profile from 30m to 4m.
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Sam - anybody you know?

PS as Sam correctly remarks in the comments, this is none other than BRAT!
Thanks mate, I knew I can count on you!

PS2 and here are Sam's pics - stellar as always!
Definitely the same Shark!


Sam Cahir said...

Hi Mike,
Yup that's 100% your BRAT. The markings are identical especially the distinctive white mark on the start of the left pec fin. She popped in for a visit on July 21 and Sept 17 last year and was significantly heavier. Whilst I'm no expert I think she was pregnant last time. I'll send through a few snaps of her 2010 visits.

Sam Cahir said...

Just going back through 2009 and she also turned up on the 2nd of April that year as well. In fact a picture I took of her back in 2009 was lucky enough to be the runner up in annual awards (being publicly announced next month).

Angelo Villagomez said...

Did the tourists see her prowling behind as they watched the whitetip reefs?

DaShark said...

Actually, they did not!

They all saw her in 30m but then she stayed with Rusi and me.

It was extremely surgy & the staff took them back to the boat after the 10m - but she made a point in going up all the way to the top of the reef and scaring the bejeesus out of Papa who was giving some love to the Blacktips!

DaShark said...

Thanks Sam, I knew I could count on you! :)

Yup yer right that's BRAT as per - funny to see her pop by just as the Broadreach kids are about to hit our shores!

Looking forward to the pics - and congrats on the award!