A video clip posted on Facebook captures the relatively rare sighting of a whale shark in Phuket’s waters, Phuket News reported.
The 2-minute video clip was posted on Facebook by a fisherman. He claimed his group spotted the whale shark on Thursday near Laem Phrom Thep cape, off the island’s southwest coast.
“We were out on our longtail boat looking for fish, and along comes this whale shark, clearly not scared of us, and play swimming with us,” User Nai Lay Chao Patong said.
A whale shark sighting off Phuket was last reported near Nai Yang Beach back in April, which followed another sighting off the island’s east coast in October of last year.
While there is no recent estimate of the whale shark population, the majestic animals are considered vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.