23/08/2010Cancun celebrates International Whale Shark Day for the third consecutive year

For the third year in a row, the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau will celebrate International Whale Shark Day on August 30th, with a deeper knowledge and appreciation for the importance and need of preserving the unique species.

Back in 2008, during the International Whale Shark Conference that took place in Isla Holbox, representatives from over 40 countries formally established whale shark day to celebrate the world’s largest fish, known locally as the “Domino,” because of the white dots on their skin. On June 5, 2009, the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve was established off the northern coast of Quintana Roo, which is where masses of the whale shark species migrate every year. Whale Shark season officially started on May 15th. But, these harmless animals that reach lengths up to almost 50 feet, feed on plankton and pass through the Caribbean waters through the month of September. The Whale Sharks impressive size and ample mouths extend approximately 5 feet, making swimming alongside these species a thrilling experience.