Clarke Gayford 'pinned against a boat' by whale shark

Clarke Gayford 'pinned against a boat' by whale shark
Photo credit: Twitter / Clarke Gayford

Clarke Gayford has shared the jaw-dropping moment he got a little too close and personal with a whale shark on a fishing trip.

He shared an incredible photo of the encounter on Twitter, taken in Rarotonga as he visits the Pacific Islands with partner Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

"On any other day landing a 40kg yellowfin tuna would be the day's peak," the self-proclaimed 'first man' of New Zealand tweeted on Thursday evening.

"But getting accidently rolled and pinned against a boat today by an overly amorous whale shark mic-drops that."

Mr Gayford, who hosts TV programme Fish of the Day, also shared a photo of the massive tuna.

Clarke Gayford 'pinned against a boat' by whale shark
Photo credit: Twitter / Clarke Gayford

He frequently shares his photos of his sea adventures online, and recently opened up about another close-call he had in the water. Before he met Ms Ardern, his friends pulled him unconscious from the water in Niue after he ran into trouble while diving.

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