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Florida fishermen caught a great video of their swim, with a 30-foot whale shark off the coast of Tampa Bay over the weekend.
The captain, Robert Holzinger, told FOX13 Tampa, he was spearfishing with a friend about 30 miles away from it when they saw it, the whale shark. The friends jumped into the water, which is approximately 80 metres in depth, in order to be the “gentle giant.” Holzinger, said she spent about an hour swimming with them.
GREAT WHITE SHARK STUNS FISHERMAN’S REAL-LIFE ‘JAWS’ IN THE MOMENT
The shark was estimated to be 20 feet long, but the Holzinger told FOX4 the animal was 30 yards. He said that the shark was nice and left him on the planet.
Holzinger wrote on Facebook that he hoped that there would be also a cobia, a scavenger fish that will follow a larger animal, but there weren’t any.
“That’s when we realized that it wasn’t there, we decided to take a swim and hang out with him for a little while,” he told FOX13 Tampa. “It was a real gift to be able to see and experience something like that.”
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The endangered whale shark is the largest species of shark, and is the largest of all fishes, and is found in the tropical regions, according to the World wildlife Fund. They can weigh as much as 11 tons and stretching as long as 40 feet in length.
The filter-feeders mostly eat plankton, and it is described as a “gentle giant” and that “if the swimmers to hitch a ride,” according to National Geographic.