Baby Elephant Playing on the Beach: The real story behind the photos

Baby Elephant Playing on the Beach: The real story behind the photos
Baby Elephant Playing on the Beach: The real story behind the photos
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Baby Elephant Playing on the Beach

The real story behind it… (and how I became anonymously famous)

Stop everything and look at this baby elephant’s first time on the beach” How many times did you see such catch line?

4 things you should know about these photos:

  1. NO it’s not the first time he sees the sea! The baby elephant actually comes here to play everyday
  2. In 90% of the cases I was not credited for it,  someone removed my name from my photos: Booooh!
  3. The photos were shot on Bangtao beach, Phuket Thailand.
  4. The baby elephant name is ‘Lucky’ and he must be 4 years old.

So how did it become viral:

It all happened on a casual lunch with friends  on Bangtao beach in Phuket. I saw a small elephant walking alone toward the water and I of course thought he would just stop there and wait. But no, once approaching the sea he just started to run faster and rammed into the waves like the kid he was! He came in and out several times; his mahout was casually waiting nearby, apparently used to the elephant’s behaviour. The elephant suddenly did something really funny, totally unexpected: he put his head into the sand and pushed himself forward. I happened to carry a 28-300 mm lens on that day, giving me this interesting perspective… and the photo of a lifetime!

The photo of this baby elephant enjoying his little daily bath on Bangtao beach in Phuket have been around the social world countless times and of course in this age of self gratification, my name was early removed and an incredible amount of people, some very famous, posted it, sometimes mixed with photos taken by someone else.

Strangely, a couple of years after I took these unusual photos, the viral phenomenon got bigger and bigger and I keep on getting weekly alerts from readers and friends spotting my photos here and there: Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, Google+, you name it… all without any credit of course. I guess that’s the way it is now: I’m an anonymous celebrity, that’s a consolation! Woohoo!

So enjoy these photos, and no, I will no put an ugly watermark across the whole photo, it is way too late anyway 🙂

(HOWEVER, If you see my photo somewhere, just do what some of my many readers did so nicely to support the unfortunate photographer that I am: post a link to this page on the offending websites! THANK YOU!)

Copy the link below and paste it where you see my photo without the proper credit >>>

Baby Elephant Playing on the Beach: The real story behind the photos

Baby Elephant Playing on the Beach



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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world in my 20s and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 23 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run 2 blogs: Phuket101.net and BangkokUndercover.com, I also manage 30 online travel guides in Asia and beyond, including Phuket.com, Bangkok.com and Bali-Indonesia.com

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