Video: 30-foot whale shark caught on camera in Florida

Posted at 12:45 PM, Jun 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-24 07:39:07-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — A 30 -foot whale shark was caught on camera Saturday in Naples, Florida.

Captain Robert Holzinger sent in rare video that he recorded while running a fishing charter.

While anchored offshore about 30 miles off of Naples, the 30-foot whale shark swam up to the boat. Holzinger said he was able to pet the shark, and it was very friendly.

He said it was one of the most memorable wildlife experiences of his life.

Correction: This story originally reported the whale shark was 44 feet long. This figure has been updated for accuracy. We apologize for any confusion. This story was originally published on WFTX .