CANCUN, Mexico – Swimming with the Whale Shark, the largest fish in the world, is a dream that can only become a reality in a few places throughout the world, such as Australia and Belize. Closely and conveniently situated near the US, Cancun – located in the Mexican Caribbean – is particularly privileged due to the fact that the majority of the whale shark species prefer these waters. The best time to be a part of this fantastic adventure is during the months of July and August.
The Whale Shark’s impressive size and ample mouth extends to almost 5 feet when opened. These characteristics are just a few of the reasons why this creature is so unique. Known as a migrant species, those who study the migration of whale sharks are still uncertain where they travel from or where they are heading next. All we know is that whale sharks enjoy traveling through warm waters and tropical seas around the globe.
The presence of this creature in the northern areas of Isla Contoy and Cabo Catoche is thanks to the nutrient filled water, which generates a large quantity of available food. This is a phenomenon adventurers from all over the world come to Mexico to take advantage of, being that the opportunity to observe the dynamics of this species is limited to these summer months.
Those choosing to experience the wonder of swimming with whale sharks are accompanied by experts who provide all the necessary information to better understand the behavior of these creatures. Once familiarized with the animal, the tourists can jump off the boat accompanied by a guide and snorkel to see the Whale Shark up close. Measuring up to 59 feet and weighing 15 tons, this is the biggest fish in the world!
The experience is truly amazing, and there is no need to fear since this shark feeds exclusively on tiny organisms known as plankton, therefore, they are completely harmless towards humans.
The tour to observe the Whale Shark can be taken in Punta Sam, just north of Cancun, and lasts approximately five hours, allowing plenty of time to interact with this amazing species that reminds us of the many wonders our world has to offer.