13-foot whale shark spotted off Israel’s southern coastal city of Eilat


A 4-meter whale shark, an endangered species, was photographed swimming with 5 dolphins in the Dolphin Reef off the coast of Eilat.

By Ronit Zilberstein


A 4-meter (13-foot) whale shark was seen in the Dolphin Reef off the coast of Eilat on Thursday. The spotted whale shark entered the reef through open nets and was seen swimming with five dolphins, who appeared to enjoy its company.

The whale shark, the largest known fish species, is an endangered species. They are filter-feeders that consume only plankton and small fish, and are not considered dangerous to humans.

Whale sharks have previously been spotted in the Gulf of Eilat, usually between the months of April and July due to warming seawater.


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