Swimming with a whale shark in the Indian Ocean

Aug. 11, 2011 at 2:12 PM ET

I love the ocean, but I don't think I could snorkel with sharks. Would you?

According to Reuters, every year hundreds of whale sharks and giant manta rays gather for their annual feeding frenzy of plankton in July and August, in the geologically unique Hanifaru Bay of Maldives' remote Baa Atoll. For reasons of conservation, Maldives is likely to shut down Hanifaru Bay to divers, making this the last season divers can see this one-of-a-kind phenomenon.