National Geographic : 2011 Oct
"Suddenly he just jumped in!" says photographer Michael Aw. Sarmin Tangadji, the Papua police o cer who escorted the photographic team to where the sharks congregate, "was so excited to see them up close." Aw shares that excitement when it comes to diving with a dozen whale sharks, animals that usually ignore divers: "You are sandwiched in, sharks ahead and behind, but you want to be there," he says. " ey make eye contact with you and then charge by. It blows your mind."