Fraser Island may be known for its dazzling Australian wildlife, but a chance encounter between a boatie and a whale shark has experts questioning where the giant fish came from. Key points: A farmer out boating on Saturday night had a close encounter with a whale shark They were moored off Fraser Island when the estimated 8-metre long fish bumped the boat Researchers are trying to find out why whale sharks are appearing on the east coast more frequently Bundaberg farmer Danny Gapp had anchored his boat near Rooney Point, on the northern end of Fraser Island, on Saturday night when he spotted something swimming in the water. He estimated the fish to be about a metre wide and up to eight metres long, and at one point he said it struck the bottom of his 18-metre boat. “There were a couple of other boats there and we had our underwater lights on, because we like to look at the fish,” he said. It was then that the boaties realised they were looking at a whale shark. “It disappeared and came back, and disappeared and came back, and then it bumped the back of the boat on the corner,” Mr… Read full this story
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