Fishermen surprised by magnificent whale shark

Steve Moore managed to capture the creature on camera

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A massive whale shark swam leisurely next to a boat south of Ocean City, Maryland, taking fishermen's breath away.

Steve Moore, who caught the magnificent creature on camera in the early hours, said the fish was 'rubbing its nose mid ship then proceeded towards the back'.

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He said: "Thinking it was gonna leave us after going towards the back it very calmly turned and came right up the starboard transom and went right under the boat and came out the starboard side of the boat and slowly disappeared into the night."

A whale shark sighting near Ocean City was reported again on July 4.

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