UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2017 - PLANKTONADO!! 

During my 5th whale shark trip to Djibouti I was lucky enough to experience some night time shark feeding behaviour.  Equipped with a strong LED lamp, every night we illuminated the back of our vessel in the hope that the collecting plankton would encourage a shark to start feeding.  Incredibly, a shark turned up which disappeared as soon as I entered the water.  Waiting for what seemed like an eternity in the cold dark water, the shark eventually returned and gave me one of the most memorable encounters I have ever seen.  This is a sequence of moments captured that helped me gain a photograph that was awarded in the underwater photographer of the year.

alex mustard warren baverstock underwater photographer of the year 2017
alex mustard warren baverstock underwater photographer of the year 2017
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Whale Shark Feeding On A Tornado Of
Whale Shark Feeding On A Tornado Of

the arrival - taken from my cabin looking out of the rear of the boat and to my surprise a shark has turned up to feed.

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Whale Shark Feeding On A Tornado Of
Whale Shark Feeding On A Tornado Of

the arrival - taken from my cabin looking out of the rear of the boat and to my surprise a shark has turned up to feed.

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Whale Shark Feeding On A Tornado Of
Whale Shark Feeding On A Tornado Of

Out of the depth this 3 meter whale shark appeared to feed on the spiralling tornado of plankton....!

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Whale Shark Feeding On A Tornado Of
Whale Shark Feeding On A Tornado Of

Working slowly up the spiral of plankton

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Whale Shark Feeding On A Tornado Of
Whale Shark Feeding On A Tornado Of

The spiralling plankton soup is all but gone

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Whale Shark Feeding On A Tornado Of
Whale Shark Feeding On A Tornado Of

Finishing off the remains of the plankton

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Whale Shark Feeding On A Tornado Of
Whale Shark Feeding On A Tornado Of

Finishing off the remains of the plankton

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Finishing off the remains of the plankton

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Whale Shark Feeding On A Tornado Of
Whale Shark Feeding On A Tornado Of

Duck diving below this giant fish in darkness was intimidating and disorientating.

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