Haiku Poem – ジンベイザメ

A normal descent
suddenly lots of yelling!
my first whale shark!

かんせいの ジンベイザメと ごたいめん

Sitting in the back of the submarine doing my regular job when all of a sudden everybody in the front of the submarine are all excited and yelling. I thought that maybe there were some dolphins as we were just descending and then the staff at the front told me over the headset that here was a whale shark! I have never seen one in Hawaii. I was in the 64 passenger submarine and the whale shark slowly swam along to the back. It was a baby, and was about 12 meters long! The submarine is 30 meters long. It was right next to the submarine! My friend took a great picture! I counted until 10 and then it was gone!


– Jim Woodhull
– Japanese by Jim Woodhull and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Jim’s friend

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