You would expect to see whale sharks in the oceans around countries like the Philippines, Mexico and Australia. What you wouldn’t expect is spotting a whale shark off the coast of South Carolina.
Local 21-year-old, Michael Krivohavek, was lucky enough to be out at sea the same time a whale shark was swimming by. Krivohlavek was on a charter fishing boat when he captured a footage of a gentle giant swimming near his boat just about 36 miles off Charleston back in 14th October.
Krivohlavek told Myrtle Beach Online that the whale shark was “very interested in the boat” and that the gentle giant “did a couple circles around the boat”. Krivohlavek estimated the shark to be between 20 to 25 feet long.
These plankton-loving sharks are known to be the largest fish in the sea and can grow up to 40 feet long and can weigh up to 20 tons. Whale sharks are also docile creatures, allowing humans to swim to them as close as possible and swim with the giant fish.
Whale sharks prefer warm waters, calling many of the tropical sea’s from around the world their home. Hence it is pretty rare to find these docile sea creatures in cooler oceans, such as the waters off the coast of South Carolina, making Krivohlavek very lucky to experience such a rare occurrence.
If you want to experience swimming with these gentle giants, the Philippines and Mexico are where whale sharks are commonly seen.