Whale Sharks in Looe Key!

Brittany Burtner and her partner Dave swam with four whale sharks off Looe Key on June 21. The couple and two others spent hours with four whale sharks running in size from 22 feet to almost 40 feet.

“They were just cruising around this quarter-mile area feeding on plankton,” Burtner said. “I can’t truly find the words to describe an experience that I’ve dreamed about and actively tried to make happen since I was a teenager — let alone the fact that it happened practically in my backyard!” 

Burtner said she’s glimpsed whale sharks before, but this is the first time she was able to study them for hours as the animals cruised a quarter-mile area feeding on plankton.

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Sara Matthis thinks community journalism is important, but not serious; likes weird and wonderful children (she has two); and occasionally tortures herself with sprint-distance triathlons, but only if she has a good chance of beating her sister.