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See the huge 30ft whale sharks which dwarfed family’s fishing boat

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The huge whale sharks are the biggest fish in the sea and easy to identify by their polka-dot markings.

A family out for a day’s fishing spotted five giant whale sharks in the waters off the coast of Florida.

Jacob Campoamor, 24, was on board Family Tradition in the Gulf of Mexico when he saw the creatures – the biggest fish in the sea – which have an unusual polka-dot marking.

“We went and checked it out and ultimately realised we came across three whale sharks. We were amazed and were enjoying the experience.

“When they eventually left we followed them and came across two more – including what we think was a baby.”

Jacob was with his father, grandfather and two uncles on the boat hoping to catch grouper when the whale sharks appeared.

The family can be heard talking in the video, wondering aloud what sort of fish they are.

A whale shark seen by Jacob Campoamor (Jacob Campoamor/PA)
The whale sharks were estimated to be about 30ft long (Jacob Campoamor/PA)

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“All in all we knew it was a rare sighting but had no idea just how rare it was.”

A whale shark seen by Jacob Campoamor (Jacob Campoamor/PA)
The huge whale sharks are the biggest fish in the sea (Jacob Campoamor/PA)

“It’s exciting that we are hearing reports of five whale sharks in one area, because it suggests they might be feeding on something in a special spot,” said Dr Bob Hueter, senior scientist and director of the Centre For Shark Research at Mote.

A whale shark seen by Jacob Campoamor (Jacob Campoamor/PA)
Researchers want to find and tag whale sharks so they can learn more about their behaviour (Jacob Campoamor/PA)

The tag would trail behind the shark’s dorsal fin on a short tether and transmit data when it was at the surface. Retrieving the tag would give scientists extra data.

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