21/04/2010Cancun And Its Treasures Set The Stage For The Magnificent “Dance” Of The Sailfish

During the months of January through June, the waters near the natural paradise of Contoy Island welcome the beautiful species of the Sailfish. The island’s shallow waters and richness in plankton attracts a specific type of sardine, a delicacy that sailfish pray on.

The behavior of this magnificent species and its presence in the waters of the Caribbean was discovered thanks to a deep investigation headed by Mexican diver, Alberto Friscione.

According to Friscione, the sailfish, a ferocious predator, more than feeding itself, appears as if it’s dancing on water, due to its swift movements and the use of its large bill among pray. By doing so, it creates small groups, driving them to the surface of the water, and eats them.

The spectacle is crowned when the sailfish opens its dorsal fin, known as sail, and changes drastically from an opaque tone to sparkles of silver and blue, a distraction to its prey and announcement to its species, that it’s going to attack to avoid hurting each other.

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Photo Credit: Alberto Friscione.

About Cancun

Cancun is located in the northern part of the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The island of Cancun is in the shape of a “7” and is bordered to the north by the Bahia de Mujeres; to the east by the Caribbean Sea; and to the west by the Nichupte Lagoon. Cancun is Mexico’s largest tourist destination and boasts 146 hotels with a total of 28,808 rooms. Opportunities for new experiences abound in Cancun, which offers visitors an ideal setting for interacting with nature and discovering Mayan culture.

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