Massive whale shark spotted off Anna Maria Island

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ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fla.  (WFLA) – A Florida family has a whale of a tale to tell after encountering a whale shark.

Alexis Wishart sent video of the whale shark to WFLA saying her family were fishing about 18 miles off Anna Maria Island when they spotted it. 

The average size of an adult whale shark is estimated at a little under 32 feet. The average whale shark weighs 9 tons.

The species of shark is a filter-feeder and they have 300 to 350 rows of tiny teeth.

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