View Full Version : Whale Shark Encounter

13-12-2011, 07:33 PM
We were out fishing on the weekend east of Otter reef off Cardwell. The fishing was terrible, but this whale shark came along and made the trip for us. He hung around for about an hour, and Bob and I ended up getting in with him. A little scary in 50m of water but an awesome experience. He was so inquisitive that he came right up to the duck board for a pat on the nose, and I managed to get towed around a couple of times by grabbing his dorsal fin.

Hope you like the pics and the link to the video.


13-12-2011, 07:54 PM
thats awesome! What an experience that would have been.

mako rod
13-12-2011, 08:01 PM
What an awesome experience that would of been great pics well done..Cheers Rod.

13-12-2011, 08:07 PM
Imagine if you accidentally hooked that! ;D

Great photos, looks amazing.

Floating Rib
13-12-2011, 08:08 PM
Fantastic, very jealous and thanks for sharing.

Chas & Clarry
13-12-2011, 08:11 PM
Absolutely amazing...once in a life time experience I'm thinking Great pics too

13-12-2011, 08:20 PM
That is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

13-12-2011, 08:27 PM
I wonder what it was thinking????
If indeed they do think.
Would it have gone off with the thought that we express ,,,,, wow,,, I just hung out with humans!!!!

15-12-2011, 10:08 AM

15-12-2011, 06:31 PM
Absolutely awesome.
They are an amazing creature. We had 1 do something similar 2 years ago around this time of year. This was in central queensland
They rekon the markings on their head are like a fingerprint..all different.
See if you can tell if its the same critter

15-12-2011, 06:48 PM
Yep they look the same to me ;D

Love the video too - now let me see if I got it right half a salt shaker of cocaine, carton of beer yaaddaa yyaadda and push it as hard as you can - hmmm ;)

Thanks for sharing now pass the salt ;D

17-12-2011, 08:33 AM
Thanks for the replies.

Graham, great photos. I never knew that the markings were unique to each animal. The markings on yours are quite a bit different to ours.

Trev, you nearly got it right but perhaps listen to the song a few more times ;)


17-12-2011, 09:45 AM
awesome and vid made my heart pump up...
Thanks for post

17-12-2011, 10:15 AM
Epic!,id love to be able to have a swim with one of those,got to love the "fear and loathing" sounds