Lonely whale shark pat
PORT Douglas recreational fisherman Paul Woodbridge and his mates had a surprise visitor recently when a whale shark swam up to their boat for a playful encounter.
Mr Woodbridge was just north of Chinaman’s Reef heading towards Opal Reef when the inquisitive whale shark made a beeline for them.
“We were just sounding around when it swam right up to the boat,” he said.
“It was very inquisitive and was liking the leg of the motor and sat around for about 15 minutes.
“It was happy for us to pat it and seemed a bit lonely - it didn’t want us to leave and followed us as we drove off.”
Whale shark encounters such as this as considered rare and Mr Woodbridge said it was the first time he had seen one in his two-and-ahalf years fishing on the reef.
Photo PAUL WOODBRIDGE
MAKING FRIENDS: the whale shark swims up to