A Rare Whale Shark Was Spotted Off the Coast of Charleston

The massive fish also "did a couple circles around the boat." Eek!

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A fisherman from Charleston, South Carolina, got an unexpected visit from the largest fish species known to man. But instead of freaking out, he did what any savvy sea traveler would do: Posted a video on social media!

"Whale shark out of Charleston in 150 feet pretty neat!" Michael Krivohlavek, 21, captioned the video below on Facebook.

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Krivohlavek also encouraged other fisherman to not stay at home, writing, "Great fishing this weekend plenty of fish out there so don't sit at the dock!"

People commenting on Krivohlavek's thread noted how unique the whole experience was.

"This is really cool Michael. Crystal clear water can even see it’s spots. Cool stuff man," one Facebook user wrote.

Another said, "This is amazing Michael!!! Thanks for sharing. I’m so happy that you are 'lovin your life' and appreciate the wonders of it."

In an interview with , the fearless fisherman recalled what is was like seeing the whale shark for the first time, saying it "popped up behind us."

“He was very interested in the boat,” Krivohlavek said of the shark, adding that it “did a couple circles around the boat."

The whale shark Krivohlavek saw was reportedly around 20-25 feet long. According to , the rare fish can grow to more than 40 feet long and weigh 20 tons.

Although Krivohlavek said whale shark sightings are "pretty rare" in South Carolina, he has seen one before in Mexico. And according to , a diver also saw one recently off the coast of Florida.

"The whale shark was unfazed by our presence and just circled the tower for hours," Mike Ross told the local publication. "It was an unforgettable experience, that's for sure."

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