Anglers encounter four whale sharks off of Anna Maria Island

You never know what you'll encounter when you go fishing.

Just ask Tracy Gardner.

She and a group of friends went on a deep sea fishing trip Sunday.

About 45 miles west of Anna Maria Island, Florida they spotted a whale shark. Gardner estimated it was about 26 feet long.

They later saw three other whale sharks and said they swam near them for about 30 minutes.

WFLA News Channel 8

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