One history, a thousand inspiring stories.


I clearly remember my first fur seals, rays, sharks, seahorses, and hammerheads. But nothing compares to the indescribable feeling of having the largest fish in the world right in front of me. The whale shark is a monument to biomass! The experience transcends sight... it is an earth-shattering all-encompassing feeling of immensity… I was around 24 metres deep in the middle of the deep blue see, and suddenly a dark mass approaches me. I threw myself onto a rock as the current ran through my mask and equipment. Unable to decipher at a glance what it was, the emotion dominated me. The silhouette of this Goliath of the seas came closer and I suddenly throw myself to see the giant creature from up close. Within minutes the encounter is inevitable and our courses meet. I could not feel more insignificant. “My heart cannot beat faster than this”, I thought, and swam as fast as I could to keep up with it, while it seemed to move so very slowly under water... and that's when the experience reached its climax… I decided to head back... but upon my return to the rock I’d been stationed, but in the opposite direction, another whale shark was coming closer! I felt more confident now, and swam right up to the animal. His head was inching towards me, but gently spun to his right and without throwing a single bubble moved past me, his left eye about three feet from mine... In less than fifteen minutes I found myself face to face with two whale sharks: one of the most spectacular moments a human being could experience. Galápagos is magical, unpredictable, powerful, and harmless ... all at the same time. Every time I tell the story, smiles emerge.

Contest Invitation
We will be running lots of contests to celebrate our 60th anniversary throughout the coming months. How about a 60-second video contest? A 600-word blog competition? Or a 60-character tweet contest on Twitter?! That’s all in the pipeline, and there will be our usual amazing prizes...