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Divers' rare vision of whale shark off North Stradbroke Is

DIVERS off south-east Queensland's North Stradbroke Island have been treated with a rare and spectacular sighting - a whale shark.

The five-metre long juvenile male was spotted off Point Lookout on Sunday.

University of Queensland marine biologist Dr Kathy Townsend said it was only the second confirmed sighting of a whale shark off "Straddie" in about 10 years.

"Normally whale sharks you find really commonly on the west coast, so places around Ningaloo and things like that. However, here on the east coast we very rarely see them," she said.

"I think the last time we spotted one at Straddie was somewhere between five and 10 years ago.

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