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Adorable moment curious Labrador gives a 22-foot-long whale shark a kiss on the nose

Incredible moment a curious Labrador called Sailor SNIFFS a whale shark during remarkable encounter – but it could have ended very differently

  • Proud diver captures adorable moment Labrador kisses whale shark on the nose
  • Sailor can be seen sniffing curiously at the 22-foot-long shark from a small boat 
  • Whale sharks are largest known fish species, with whales classed as mammals 


A proud dog owner has caught the adorable moment her friendly Labrador Sailor gives a curious whale shark a kiss on the nose. 

Jade Pursell captured the sweet encounter while she was diving with a friend in the Ningaloo Reef, a World Heritage Site in the northwest coast of Western Australia

The 22-foot long whale shark is seen bobbing its head out of the water to greet the inquisitive canine who sniffs the water curiously from a small boat.

‘Oh my god. Are you ok Sailor? Don’t touch it, don’t touch it,’ Ms Pursell warns. 

The 22-foot long whale shark is seen bobbing its head out of the water to greet the inquisitive canine who sniffs the water curiously from a small boat (pictured)

‘What is it? It’s what mummy swims with. Isn’t that cool?’

The unlikely pair continue to become acquainted with one another as Ms Pursell edges closer to the gigantic whale shark to get a better look. 

The 28-year-old has become well-acquainted with the species during her time spent diving with a reef tour company in Exmouth. 

Ms Pursell regularly shares images of the dozens of sea creatures she swims to her Instagram, including colourful fish, turtles, whale sharks and dolphins. 

Her dog Sailor is also a familiar face, joining her proud owner in the water during multiple diving trips along the West Australian coast. 

Ms Pursell revealed she was more afraid for the safety of the whale shark than Sailor. 

‘Whale sharks are filter feeders so they feed on krill, plankton and little micro organisms,’ she told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘[They are] big friendly giants, if anything I was worried sailor might jump on it and scare it but she was very gentle’

Jade Pursell (pictured with Sailor) captured the sweet encounter while she was diving with a friend in the Ningaloo Reef, a World Heritage Site in the northwest coast of Western Australia

Jade Pursell (pictured with Sailor) captured the sweet encounter while she was diving with a friend in the Ningaloo Reef, a World Heritage Site in the northwest coast of Western Australia

Ms Pursell (pictured) has become well-acquainted with gigantic whale sharks during her time spent diving with a reef tour company in Exmouth, Western Australia

Ms Pursell (pictured) has become well-acquainted with gigantic whale sharks during her time spent diving with a reef tour company in Exmouth, Western Australia

Her dog Sailor (pictured) regularly joins her proud owner in the water during multiple diving trips along the West Australian coast

Her dog Sailor (pictured) regularly joins her proud owner in the water during multiple diving trips along the West Australian coast

Whale sharks are the largest known fish species – as whales are classified as mammals – with the largest confirmed individual spanning 18.8 metres in length. 

They are listed as endangered species and feed on plankton and small fish – posing no threat to humans.

While the animals are found in most tropical waters around the world from as far north as Canada and south to Victoria, they generally stay in deeper water rarely venture close to shore.

A famous tourist activity is to swim with the whale sharks at the picturesque Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia.

The reef is one of the largest in Australia and is located about halfway up the Indian Ocean coast. 

The Ningaloo Reef (pictured) is one of the largest in Australia and is located about halfway up the Indian Ocean coast

The Ningaloo Reef (pictured) is one of the largest in Australia and is located about halfway up the Indian Ocean coast

A famous tourist activity is to swim with the whale sharks at the picturesque Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia (pictured)

A famous tourist activity is to swim with the whale sharks at the picturesque Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia (pictured)

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