10-feet whale shark spotted in Palm Jumeirah

By Jumana Khamis, Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: A whale shark has been spotted for the second time in four months at the Palm Jumeirah.

A marina assistant at the Nakheel Marina Yachts Club, who wanted to remain anonymous, spotted the fish swimming by the docks at 9am on Wednesday.

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“The whale shark was more than 10 feet long, and was swimming by the boats at the marina with small fish surrounding it. I was told that someone spotted it yesterday evening also. I quickly took out my phone to take a video,” said the assistant.

A tourist first spotted a three to four feet long whale shark over four months ago at Dubai Marina.

Once again, the whale shark created a stir among the club’s staff and visitors at the neighbouring restaurants, who rushed excitedly to take videos, which have now been posted across social media channels. The whale shark was visible for an hour and half before it decided to swim back into the sea, said the assistant.

He explained that with high tide and clear waters in the early hours, the whale shark was clearly visible. “I wanted to know more about whale sharks and so I googled it and found out that they are not harmful,” he said.

According to National Geographic, whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea. Reaching lengths of 40 feet (12 meters) or more, they are considered filter feeders with plankton being their favourite meal. Whale sharks are known to have grey to brown back and sides with white spots among pale vertical and horizontal stripes, and a white belly. Preferring warm waters, they populate all tropical seas. More info

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