What’s black & white and lives in the ocean? Calypso

That’s the name you picked for this very special whale shark.

The spring Rec Diving group trip to the Maldives introduced us to this gentle giant and one of our favorite Rec Divers, John Koh, captured images of this whale shark with his GoPro on the Maldives trip.   He shared them on social media and the folks from whalesharks.org contacted him with the big news that this particular whale shark had not been identified!

Did you know each whale shark has its own “bodyprint”?  Scientists use software pattern recognition algorithms to identify an animal within a catalog of thousands of spot patterning images using a whale shark’s unique “bodyprint” as an identifier.

John was offered the opportunity to name this shark and he shared that opportunity with all of you. As one of our summer contests, you were invited to cast your vote for one of the names submitted or to suggest one of your own. “Calypso” was the winner.

Now all you Rec Divers, keep an eye out for Calypso on your next dive and tell her we all send our best if you see her. And, a huge Thank You to John for sharing this special opportunity with all of us.

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