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Thresher Shark picture

Photo copyright Graham Collins and SCUBA Travel.
Taken on Malapascua, Cebu Island in the Philippines.
Thresher Shark

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Malapascua is a small island off the northern tip of Cebu island, that has some unique features to interest divers. It is only 2.5 km2, so all dive sites are accessible wherever you are based on the island. One of the diving highlights is Monad Shoal. This is sea mount, or sunken island about half the size of Malapascua itself. The depth of the top plateau is between 15-23 m, and is surrounded by a sharp drop-off. If you get there early in the morning, there is around a 50% chance is seeing one or more Thresher sharks which come up from the depths to be cleaned at the various cleaning stations around the edge of the plateau. There are also Devil rays around and in April the Manta rays return and come for cleaning.

Further Reading
The Underwater Photographer: Digital and Traditional Techniques, by by Martin Edge, Paperback, 536 pages (2009)