Haiku Poem – ジンベイザメ

gracefully swimming
misnamed gentle giant
ocean’s prince

(Jim version)
とくしゅきゃく やさしい きょかん さめでしょう

(Michiko version)
いかつい な もらって かるい み の こなし

In the 31 years that I have lived and dove in Hawaii I have only seen a whale shark one time. That was from the inside of a submarine! The only time I was able to see them while swimming was on a whale shark tour in Australia. The word shark usually gives an image of a dangerous man eater that one must be very careful of but the whale shark only eats plankton. They usually stay very shallow and swim with their mouths open, feeding on the plankton. On Oahu they are fairly rare to see and it is usually in the month of August when they come closer to shore that they are occasionally seen. On the island of Hawaii there is a much better chance of seeing them and in the summer it is fairly common to see them on a boat snorkel tour. They are so graceful and I often think of them as just a whale but unlike the whale they do not breath air but are an actual shark that live as all other sharks.


Collaborative Haiku Poem
– Jim Woodhull
– Japanese by Jim Woodhull and Nakamura Michiko
– Photo by Jim

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