Each June and July near the full moon, the northern Gulf of Mexico hosts a mysterious gathering of sharks.

Dozens of hulking whale sharks glide around each other with mouths agape as they skim the water’s surface during a 12-hour tuna egg buffet of sorts. A decade ago, records of these unusual gatherings existed only in the tales of fishermen. LWDF fisheries biologist Jennifer McKinney said these assemblies coincide with tuna spawning events and consistently occur near the Ewing Bank, about 100 miles from Cocodrie. [email protected]

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