Whale sharks, an endangered species, are the largest fish in the sea and are found in all the tropical oceans, according to National Geographic. They can grow as large as 40 feet long and weigh as much as 20 tons. They feed predominantly on plankton and small fish.
Esteppe said he recognized the shark by the gray and white spots on its body and was able to touch it as it swam by, the Pilot reported.
“It was just a beautiful sight,” he said, adding that it “swam off just as graceful as it came in.”