Between a rock and a hard spot, brave surfers rescue a whale shark after it got stuck between rocks in shallow water next to a popular tourist beach
- Queensland residents helped rescue a stranded whale shark in the water off Noosa
- A video of the impressive marine animal was shared online on Wednesday
- Whale sharks are the largest known fish species, with whales classified as mammals
A whale shark has been rescued by a group of swimmers and surfers after becoming trapped in shallow water on a popular tourist beach in Queensland.
Images of the huge animal that crashed into the water just yards from shore after getting trapped between two rocks were shared online on Wednesday.
Carley Jane Pan was on the beach in Noosa National Park when she saw the whale shark and jumped into the water with a few locals to free the marine wonder.
Beachgoers saw the huge whale shark in Noosa on Wednesday (photo)
Whale sharks are the largest known species of fish – as whales are classified as mammals – with the largest confirmed individual reaching a massive 18.8 meters in length.
They are on the endangered species list and feed on plankton and small fish – they are not a threat to humans.
Although the animals are found in most tropical waters around the world, from as far north as Canada and south to Victoria, they generally stay in deeper water and rarely come close to shore.
People commenting on the shark in Noosa said they were surprised to see one near the beach.
“Imagine seeing the fins out there,” one person said.
“A whale shark, how incredible,” said another.
“You don’t even have to go to WA,” added a third.
Whale sharks are found in most tropical waters and are classified as an endangered species (file image)
A well-known tourist activity is swimming with the whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia.
The reef is one of the largest in Australia and is located about halfway the coast of the Indian Ocean – about the same length as Noosa and the Sunshine Coast to the east.
The Noosa whale shark is said to have been freed without injury.