In Kiswahili the whale shark is called “papa shillingi
translating as “shark covered in shillings”.
There is a local legend that God was so pleased when he created this beautiful fish, that he gave his angels handfuls of gold and silver coins to throw down from heaven onto its back.
So it goes that whale sharks have their magical markings and swim near the surface, catching the sun on their backs, as a way of saying thank you
to their maker.