Whale sharks aren’t uncommon in South Florida waters, but it’s still a thrill when one of the gentle giants makes an appearance.
Lisa Interlandi, Everglades Law Center attorney, said she was boating off The Breakers in Palm Beach when one made a close approach.
Interlandi said on her Facebook page that the whale shark was longer than the 22-foot boat she was in.
Multiple whale shark encounters were filmed last year in the waters off Palm Beach County.
Keith and Brittany Brock posted an incredible video on YouTube in April 2017 of a whale shark they filmed off Palm Beach County.
In March 2017, a whale shark spent several minutes around Billy Swezey’s boat 4 to 5 miles off the Jupiter Inlet.
And in January 2017, a 20-foot wale shark was also spotted off Jupiter’s coast.
According to the Florida Museum, whale sharks can grow to 40 feet.
While whale sharks are docile and no threat to humans, there have been incidences of them “butting sport fishing boats, possibly after being provoked.”
The whale shark prefers warm waters but its habitat can range from New York, through the Caribbean to Central Brazil.