Can a dog and a shark be kissing cousins? You may not think so right now but wait until you read this true story. It is about an adventuresome Labrador Retriever and a Whale Shark caught kissing in the ocean!
Meet 8 year old Sailor who happily enjoys life in Australia with her owner, Jade Pursell. Both of whom happen to love adventures and the outdoors.
Many people take their dogs with them on adventures. However, few (if any) take it to the level this pair has become famous for achieving.
Sailor was sitting happily on the back of the boat. Pursell observed a 22-foot whale shark approach the boat. The curious sea creature came close enough to investigate the strange animal sitting on the boat.
Ever so briefly, the two animals touch. The two appear to kiss. But, maybe they just “booped” one another out of genuine curiosity.
Pursell took a video of the unusual interaction between Sailor and the whale shark. When she shared in on social media it quickly “went viral”.
Those fortunate enough to view the video found the once-in-a-lifetime moment shared by this odd couple to be heart-warming. (see video at the end of this article)
Pursell told the Mirror that “Sailor had never met a whale shark before. I always hoped she would, but that was by far better than I had ever imagined.”
She continued, “I was telling her not to touch it, but neither of them listened to me. Sailor sniffed and kissed the shark. I was so happy. To see Sailor meet a whale shark, I honestly just felt overjoyed. Animals are incredible, and it couldn’t have gone any better. I wondered if she knew or could smell that this was the animal I swim with everyday.”
Initially, Pursell thought that the shark was attracted by her diving partner’s movement. She had jumped into the water and was making bubbles. It seemed that the shark was intrigued by the bubbles.
“At first I thought the whale shark liked the bubbles coming from the movement of the boat in the swell, but then it raised its head out of the water to look into the boat.”
However, she was finally convinced that the shark had seen Sailor and was curious. She had to investigate this strange looking animal.
…and then came the kiss
“I don’t know whether it was the squeaking noise Sailor was making in excitement or whether it could sense her, but they were face to face and then came the kiss” Pursell explained.
Some people expressed concern about such a large whale shark being so close to the Sailor. It was a shark, after all! Luckily, this particular kind of shark isn’t a carnivore and they are known to be mild-mannered. There was no real danger to Sailor.
Even so, there was a moment of concern for Pursell. “My initial worry was that she might take a leap of faith onto the shark or that she would touch it,” Pursell said. “Once the shark was so close to her I knew I had nothing to worry about.”
At the end of it all says Pursell, “It was such an innocent interaction, I felt so lucky to see it. To think Sailor is probably the only dog in the world to have kissed a whale shark is pretty special.”
Here are two more stories about an odd “couple”. https://excellentdogsclub.com/odd-couple-cuddles-on-couch-to-watch-netflix/
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal. Photos and video credited to Facebook