Whale Shark in Qatar

kutch
By kutch

Who said there is no whale shark in Qatar? But yes there is a Whale Shark spotted 80 KM East
from Doha last March 2010.

whale_shark_2 [Kutch-Site]

whale_shark [Kutch-Site]

By newkidontheblock• 11 years 2 months ago.
newkidontheblock

looks like a catfish to me in an aquarium with little gold fishes around it.

By NDA• 11 years 2 months ago.
NDA

Amazing animal! Would love to see it in real life.

By anonymous• 11 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
anonymous

For your information; we also have a video of a 4.5m tiger shark (July 2008) and a 2m bull shark (December 2008) here in Qatar but those are not posted on youtube.

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By bwitchedcyrene• 11 years 8 months ago.
bwitchedcyrene

hope to see one..

By bwitchedcyrene• 11 years 8 months ago.
bwitchedcyrene

nice :-)

By anonymous• 12 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
anonymous

Well done Kutch! Btw, really nice video Alija!That must have been a great experience. I would also love to have a chance to swim with a whale shark. But not the shark that attacks :P

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By anonymous• 12 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

Have you ever seen whale dung in your life? Take a close look at the bottom of your Toilet bowl it is the same shit! Except whale sharks feces is crustaceous and human is cornish...

By kishmwah• 12 years 3 months ago.
kishmwah

Kutch: OhmyGod! I should be away from water now. :))

By kutch• 12 years 3 months ago.
kutch

{kishmwah} there are Sharks in Qatar, most of the typical shark I encounter are Black Tip sharks they are anywhere in Qatar...

By Naseebfinder• 12 years 3 months ago.
Naseebfinder

subhan ALLAH, nice shot.

By kishmwah• 12 years 3 months ago.
kishmwah

My boyfriend said, there's no sharks here. I will kill him really! oh wait whale sharks are harmless! :))

By anonymous• 12 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

good shot

By picardoanthony• 12 years 3 months ago.
picardoanthony

ive seen a bunch of dolphins 2 weeks in a row.. but a whale shark would be just amazing.

cheers,

picardo

By nessious• 12 years 3 months ago.
nessious

I would like to see this shark...

By nm• 12 years 3 months ago.
nm

Isn't this the shark in Atlantis aquarium in Dubai?

By FlyingAce• 12 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
FlyingAce

Such A Beautiful Creature. Allah Has Made Such A Beautiful, Things In Our World. Mashallah

By anonymous• 12 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

This is amazing Kutch. When are you going next buddy?

By suzain• 12 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
suzain

yes Rizks ,if you hurt or touch him then he will eat you.....lolzzz

By naniababa• 12 years 3 months ago.
naniababa

Check the link:

By Rizks• 12 years 3 months ago.
Rizks

Does tat shark bites ?

By waqs• 12 years 3 months ago.
waqs

is there any way i can join your group and get the taste of this exploration of Qatar sea.....please .....I am not able to contrubute any thing from my side right now....but will be very soon .....please let us all know if you charge for it or we can come with you for free.....take care...

By m asadulhaq• 12 years 3 months ago.
m asadulhaq

Nice :)

By anonymous• 12 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

so nice

By noufaludheen• 12 years 3 months ago.
noufaludheen

this video good ..... this in Qatar?

wowwwwwwwwwwwwww...........

By anonymous• 12 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

Nice shot kutch , hope we can join u in ur next boat dive .

just kip in touch :))

By fgarciaRN• 12 years 3 months ago.
fgarciaRN

Wow! very nice work of Photoshop,i can do it on my desk with 2 or more whaleshark swimming beside me....with Japanese Coi fish around?,thats ridiculous,cannot be in open seas!@t Erp,bro gonna do a research,dugong is very different from whaleshark,maybe you mean Butanding..@kutch,thanks anyway for the nice pics!

By suzain• 12 years 3 months ago.
suzain

Awesome !!!!!!!!!!

Thankx for sharing Kutch!

By FranElizabeth• 12 years 3 months ago.
FranElizabeth

very good:-))

By ghazalz• 12 years 3 months ago.
ghazalz

:)

By lemontree• 12 years 3 months ago.
lemontree

and i guess its the only specie that comes to QATAR for mating and not for maney

By alkub.simoo• 12 years 3 months ago.
alkub.simoo

Why you are suprised to see this type of fish.

For your information this fish is available in the north field of Qatar and it can be seen in hundreds during june and july. It comes to Qatar for mating.

By mishka• 12 years 3 months ago.
mishka

Great that whale sharks are in Qatar. I would just love to see a dugong - that's something I've never seen before. However I did see a whale shark diving last summer in Musandam. I've got videos here:

And as for previous questions about whale sharks being dangerous you've got a better chance of being nibbled to death by a goldfish than being harmed by a whale shark. Great whites or makos on the other hand... well if u see a whale shark while swimming like in the videos above, consider yourself one lucky individual. If u see a great white like the ones in the video below... well then, get out of the water ASAP...

but fortunately that was taken in Cape Town though....

By FranElizabeth• 12 years 3 months ago.
FranElizabeth

Why are they dying?

By kutch• 12 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
kutch

{FranElizabeth} Yes there is some dugongs reported here in Qatar. Actually I also saw in Al Mafjar somewhere near Al Ghariya it's really sad these creatures where always found dead by shallow waters. Last week as well spotted carcass of turtle somewhere between Umm Said and Wakrah where you can find the Car Graveyard...

By FranElizabeth• 12 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
FranElizabeth

ooo, there was a dead dugong down along Dukhan beach about a month ago. Maaan, that thing was Uuuuggly.

The whale shark looks beautiful although, Toxic8, I have no intention of being mistaken for plancton or anything else..;-)

By kutch• 12 years 3 months ago.
kutch

{cybernator} It is remora fish they are like janitor fish and always stick on the host (host: mostly sharks or turtle)..

Today we spotted HUGE sting ray I never seen that big yet but this is extremely almost like Mantas.. I will post pictures later, just a bit tired for the trip today :D And many Barracuda (school), and locals (Qatari) catch King Fish around 7 Feet long they use spear gun, but FREE Dive only :)

By alija• 12 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
alija

Dugong - or mannates are a very different species. Dugong are mammals whereas whale sharks are cartilagenous fish.... Completely unrelated. Btw, dugongs never school so seeing "many" is quite unprecedented?!? and they are a rare sight in Qatari water, though they have been spotted. 2nd largest worldwide dugong population (after Australia's coral sea) lives in the Persian gulf - around 7,000. They are concentrated in the southernmost coast of qatar and extending toward Abu-Dhabi.

By erp• 12 years 3 months ago.
erp

In our country we call them "dugong" or "sea cows" basically harmless, I saw a bunch of them 100kms from doha harbor.

By alija• 12 years 3 months ago.
alija

It's a very rare sight to spot a whale shark. However, my brother who works in one of the far offshore platforms told me that they regularly see whale sharks as well as tiger sharks by around March until June (some migratory pattern probably?!?).

I have only seen one whale shark out of around 400+ dives in Qatar whereas we have seen many other shark species other than whale sharks (Bull sharks and blacktips most common and very rarely tiger sharks).

@ qtrliving; by the way, Im very good friend with the guy from Wakra you are talking about.

By AlfaR• 12 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
AlfaR

Nice pics and great video.

I have seen whale sharks a few times while working on, or flying to, drilling platforms in Qatar North Field so I have no problem to believe the pics are genuine from Qatar, it is a long way out though :)

By cybernator• 12 years 3 months ago.
cybernator

This shot is clearly taken in an aquarium...see the 2nd pic with lottsa other fishes...that one is japanese koi fish which is an famous ornamental fish...

this is not taken around qatar

By toxic8• 12 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
toxic8

the creatures dont have teeth and only eat plancton. What they do is come near the surface, open their mouths and swim around filtering out the plancton.... just avoid swimming to close to them when they are feeding or u might just get swallowed up whole!!!

;-)

By toxic8• 12 years 3 months ago.
toxic8

Must have been an amazing experience! You are very lucky!

So how can he rest of us get to enjoy this experience? Do we have to charter a boat or do we have to know someone with a boat to take us that far?

By FranElizabeth• 12 years 3 months ago.
FranElizabeth

These are amazing. Jealous!! Alija- that is a brilliant video clip. Err, do they eat humans...? ;-)

By aussiedad• 12 years 3 months ago.
aussiedad

Wiked,

There are 3 main sharks that attack people, Great white, Tiger shark and the bull shark. Fortunately despite its huge size, the whale shark is not one of them, and actually is a filter feeder.

By Wiked• 12 years 3 months ago.
Wiked

Nice man

but its not the shark that attacks :P

its normal one i guess?

By ghazalz• 12 years 3 months ago.
ghazalz

Wow great video qtrliving! Is a Whale Shark not included in dangerous species?

By anonymous• 12 years 3 months ago.
anonymous

very weldone!

By ghazalz• 12 years 3 months ago.
ghazalz

alija your video is awesome!

By qtrliving• 12 years 3 months ago.
qtrliving

A friend with a Whale Shark in Qatar the guy is from wakrah

By ghazalz• 12 years 3 months ago.
ghazalz

Stunning pictures of the sea creature! Welldone kutch!

By rlnipolo• 12 years 3 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
rlnipolo

...Kutch Photo is real, this whale sharky mostly play on North Field Bravo around WHP's (Well Head Flatform). The size of this one above approximately 3.5 to 4 meters. At night you get an extra bonus seing oversized fish around the rigs.

By aussiedad• 12 years 3 months ago.
aussiedad

Awesome shot Kutch!

How did you come across it, was it by chance? Just wondering what took you 80km off shore.

By lemontree• 12 years 3 months ago.
lemontree

dude i will pay you to teach me ur skill

By alija• 12 years 3 months ago.
alija

I've also posted a video of myself (august 2009) swimming with a whale shark.

Here's my video:

For your information; we also have a video of a 4.5m tiger shark (July 2008) and a 2m bull shark (December 2008) here in Qatar but those are not posted on youtube.

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