14/07/2008Swimming with Whale Sharks, A Reality Near Cancun

A mere 45 minute boat ride from Cancun takes us into a unique experience with one of nature’s most interesting creatures.

CANCUN, Mexico, July 11 /PRNewswire/ — Swimming with the Whale Shark,
the largest fish in the world is a dream that can only become a reality in
few places throughout the world, such as Australia and Belize. Closely and
conveniently situated near the U.S., 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’re 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.

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