Animals Video

By Federico Cornetto

A whale shark let a lucky sailor pet it in this incredible footage.

Derin Goya, 31, was sailing ten miles out of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, when he experienced a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with the huge sea creature.

For five minutes, the gigantic whale shark hung around his boat and even let the man scrub it with a broom on March 25.

Derin, a first mate, said: “Whale sharks are fairly uncommon, we only see them maybe five times a year.

“It was incredible to see such a big wild animal so curious and docile acting like a house pet.”