Cameraman Allan Farrell films the whale sharks and tourists at the Mexican aggregation site.
Swimming with whale sharks has become a very popular tourist attraction, causing some to worry about the safety of the animals.
A whale shark filter-feeds at the surface.
A whale shark swims among the tourists.
Whale sharks feed on plankton.
While at the aggregation site near Isla Mujeres, whale sharks dine on fish eggs, like the ones pictured on this finger.
Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the sea.
Rules are in place to protect the animals while tourists interact with them.
It is an amazing sight to have a whale shark approach from the depths below.
Scientists from the Georgia Aquarium and Blue Realm study the whale sharks at the aggregation site in Mexico.
Some of the whale sharks are outfitted with satellite tags by the scientists. The tags provide information on the animals’ movements.
Whale sharks have the thickest skin in the animal kingdom.
In addition to studying the animals in the water, the scientists also count them from the air.
Cancun, Mexico, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean, with miles of hotels and attractions.
Experts count the whale sharks at the aggregation from the air.
Dozens of whale sharks feeding at the surface among the tourist boats.
When that many boats and animals interact in one area, boat strikes are sadly unavoidable.
Isla Contoy, near the aggregation site.
Crewmembers Sean Hickey (left) and Allan Farrell ready to set up camera gear on the beach on Isla Contoy.
Scientists installed a receiver on top of this tower on Isla Contoy to track ship traffic. They want to avoid the collision of whale sharks with big cargo ships passing through.
A whale shark in the Ocean Voyagers exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium.
Cameraman Sean Hickey prepping to film inside the Ocean Voyagers exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium.
Producer Alexa Elliott prepping to shoot pictures inside the Ocean Voyagers exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium.
Cameraman Sean Hickey and Producer Alexa Elliott filming inside the Ocean Voyagers exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium.
The Georgia Aquarium is home to four whale sharks in its Ocean Voyagers exhibit.
The Georgia Aquarium is the only facility outside of Asia that has whale sharks on display.
One of the four whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium swimming overhead.
The aquarium staff feeds its whale sharks from little rubber boats on the surface. Each animal is trained to feed from a different colored ladle.