Swimming with Whale Sharks

Whale sharks are the gentle giants of the ocean. They are the largest fish in the world measuring up to 40 feet (12 meters) and weighing up to 15 tons. Fortunately for those of us that want to swim with the whale shark they are totally harmless and peaceful. During your vacation in Cancun you have the once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close to one of these amazing creatures.

Whale Shark Facts
The whale shark is a fascinating creature to behold, with its wide mouth extending to 5 feet when open. The whale shark swims with its mouth open, close to the surface of the water, and just sucks in the plankton. It then closes its mouth and forces all the unwanted water out of its gills and only the plankton remains.

The whale shark has a unique checkerboard pattern on its back made up of creamy white spots and pale horizontal and vertical stripes with a white underbelly so is easily distinguishable. This pattern is why it is also often known as the Domino.

Whale Shark Season in Mexico
If adventurers want to take advantage of this phenomenon, you must bear in mind that the whale sharks are usually found around the islands of Holbox and Contoy from May until September, although mostly during the months of July and August. They gather here due to the nutrient -rich water around these shores. In fact, 30th August has now been formally established as the Mexican Day of the Whale Shark.

Tours to Swim with Whale Sharks
You can book tours to swim with the whale sharks leaving Cancun from Punta Sam, which last about 5 hours, or you can take a trip to Isla Holbox and book it while you are there. If you choose to experience swimming with the whale shark you will be accompanied by experts who will provide you with all the necessary information to better understand the behaviour of these wonderful creatures. Take a look at some of our recommended tour operators.

If you would like to swim with a whale shark just remember there is nothing to fear… they feed exclusively on plankton and are therefore completely harmless to humans. The experience is truly amazing and one you will never forget.

ecocolorsEcoColors designs and delivers tours in ” The Maya World, ” biologically and culturally one of the richest areas of the world. EcoColors offers a variety of tested itineraries for 1,3,7 or more days, which incorporate outstanding natural, cultural and adventure attractions of the region. Our special strength is providing travel in which turtles, sharks, dolphins, flamingos, , along with artefacts from the ancient cultures and traditions of contemporary village life of this land are combined in real, living classrooms.

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    Green Company:EcoColors, has established a partnership with Amigos de Siankaan donating money from each customer to conservation and research projects in Mexico. EcoColors has additionally offer workshops to local Mayan community persons to encourage them to promote conservation and start working in ecotourism initiatives. Finally after 3 years of contribution in ICRAN MAR project with The Coral Reef Alliance, UNEP and WWF, EcoColors decided to be a model on the adoption of standards and good environmental practices in all the trips they offer contributing this way to the protection and rational use of the natural resources.

    Where goes the water that we used?
    The waste water in the Visitor Center is filtered through a series of underground basins, and then forced through a mix of rocks and sand before reaching a small pool where plants from the area consume the organic matter. The excess water is then evaporated and returned to its natural cycle. So, the water used at our center is free of pollution.

    Do you see electricity cables?
    All energy used at the Visitor Center is generated created by sunlight and wind.
    What happens with the organic trash?
    We have a special bin for our organic trash. We empty the bins every 2 days and we burry the food behind the ecolodge. The animals that live under the ground can eat this, so the circle of life is completed.