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“Sailor” the Labrador Kisses a Whale Shark in Australia

We’ve all seen incredible videos of dogs with dolphins but have you seen one where a Labrador kisses a whale shark?

Jade Pursell, a 28-year-old diver, captured this sweet moment while diving with a friend. Over the years, she’s captured some incredible moments with various ocean life and her Labrador.

She is extremely proud that her eight-year-old Labrador Retriever Sailor got to experience this moment.

How the Labrador Kissed the Whale Shark

On September 23rd of this year, Jade Pursell and her friend were exploring the reef in the northwestern part of Australia.

Shortly into their dive, they were greeted by the massive whale shark. The 22-foot long whale shark did not seem interested in them but was more curious about the dog on the boat.

The whale shark kept creeping in slowly towards the surface, greeting the dog. Again and again, it resurfaced as it got closer to the vessel to take a closer look at Sailor.

To the owner’s surprise, Sailor was not scared. Instead, the curious dog wanted to get closer to the strange animal coming toward her.

After a few close face-to-face meetings, the two finally meet up close. This is where the lab goes close, sniffs and kisses the whale shark on the nose.

Pursell admitted that she was shouting at the dog not to touch the shark during the encounter. She was afraid the lab would jump on the shark.

While we know that whale sharks are filter-feeders and safe, she was worried the dog would see it as a threat.

Once the lab owner uploaded the video on TikTok, the world melted. Sailor is one lucky dog that got up close and personal with a whale shark!

She is probably the only dog in the world that can say that. Can you? I know I can’t!

Watch the video to see how the Sailor the Labrador kisses the whale shark from the boat.

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