6ft Cobia found in TAR Park but where’s the Whale Sharks?

Monday, February 21st, 2011 @ 12:02 Diving Kota Kinabalu, News

Cobia's in the TAR Park - More than likely following the whale sharksDiving the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu: Stumbling upon yet another whale shark clue in the park this weekend, Downbelow’s Richard found 5ft – 6ft long Cobias, often associated with larger animals.

Cobias, sometimes also referred to as black king fish, or black salmon, have feeding habbits that involve hanging around larger animals in the hopes of scavenging leftovers from the animal’s meal.

There is a good chance that the large animals, which this pair is probably following, are the whale sharks reportedly spotted in the TAR Park off Kota Kinabalu last week.

Cobias are fearlessly curious animals, which makes them wonderful photographic subjects, as Richard’s photo illustrates, but the real subject of interest remains illusive.

With the spotting of the whale sharks around the back of Gaya island last week, Downbelow is excited at the prospect of a chance encounter and photo opportunity with the gentle giants.

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