As part of the Three Seas program at Northeastern University, student Stephanie June partook in a diving expedition to examine coral reefs off the coast of Panama.
But her fondest memory of the underwater excursion had nothing to do with exploring the so-called “rainforests of the sea.”
That’s because midway through her deep-water dive, she experienced a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a harmless 30-foot-long spotted whale shark.
Of meeting the largest living fish species on the planet, the senior biology major says, “Out of nowhere, this shark was right underneath me. Very rarely do you get to see them.”
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