Unbelievable moment: a playful six-meter whale shark surrounds the fishermen in a small boat before letting the men stroke him on the head.
- Go-Pro images and drones capture a 6m whale shark being beaten by fishermen
- The whale shark swam to the boat and was dating the two men
- It was a rare sighting and an unlikely experience that would happen again
Rosemary Cavallaro for Daily Mail Australia
This is the incredible moment when a huge whale shark surrounds two fishermen in a small boat and shores to play.
A whale shark caught two fishermen, Colby Smith, 26, and Charlie Lucas, 25, by surprise, near Nhulunbuy, in the Northern Territory, while on a fishing trip on Tuesday.
The incredible footage reveals the moment when the six-meter whale shark hit its nose against the boat and let the men stroke it.
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The whale shark caught two fellow fishermen, Colby Smith, 26, and Charlie Lucas, 25 (both photographed) by surprise near Nhulunbuy, Arnhem, while on a fishing trip in the Northern Territory.
Mr. Smith and Mr. Lucas were having lunch after going out fishing all morning less than a mile from the shore in their tin boat when they saw a shadow of the whale shark.
The guys from Western Australia told Daily Mail Australia that it was the first time they had met this close and personally, and that they looked through the clip smiling and excited.
Smith said: "He seemed friendly and we were really just hanging out."
"He started hitting the engine and the bottom of the boat, but when we gave him some attention he stopped and appeared."
Charlie Lucas (pictured) said the experience was rare and that something like that is unlikely to happen again, especially in the northern part of Australia.
The children had the whale shark for them, since there was no one else near the water, about 15 meters deep at that time.
"We patted him for more than 25 minutes while he paced the boat," Smith said.
Mr. Lucas said that the experience was rare and that something like this is unlikely to happen again, especially in northern Australia.
Both shared the experience with their friends and family on social networks and still can not believe that the meeting took place.
FISHING STATIONS IN THE NT
The Build Up: between October and December – pre monzonal breeding season and barramundi
The Humid: between January and March – monsoon and few opportunities for good fishing
The route: between March and April: the best time for barramundi fishing
The Dry: between May and September: the best time for fishing in blue waters