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Fisherman talks about rare whale shark sighting off Miami Beach

GoPro cam helps boaters prove adventurous swim with whale shark


OFF MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Divers in the waters off Miami Beach got an up close and personal look at one of the largest creatures in the ocean.

The group of divers were lucky enough to spot a whale shark in about 300 feet of water Thursday afternoon.

One of the divers, Andrew Greenberg, estimated the shark to be about 25 to 30 feet in length.

Whale shark sighting are rare in South Florida, but not an impossibility.

According to FloridaGoFishing.com, whale sharks usually inhabit the waters around Florida in the summer, but will migrate towards the Caribbean during the winter months.

As this would be their normal migration period, it seems like the divers were in the right place at the right time.

Despite being the world's largest fish, whale sharks are gentle, docile creatures that feed mainly on plankton.