China Mike's snorkel tour was passing Keahole Point on the Big Island on Monday when they suddenly saw it -- what he calls the Holy Grail of snorkeling -- a whale shark.
A chance of a lifetime for the customers, yes, but it was about to be just as special for China Mike himself.
"As soon as I got in, I noticed the notch on the tip of the whale shark tail and that told me that was the same whale shark that I had swam with on Christmas Eve in 1996," said Mike.
China Mike encountered the whale shark off the Kaiwi Point on the Kona Coast. Click here for the rest of the story.