Whale Sharks, Cancun's Largest Tourists…

In 2014 over 3 million tourists flocked to Cancun and the Riviera Maya in search of sun, fun and a beautiful vacation. What you may not know, is that some of these tourists were NOT human.

Over 500 of those visitors were the mind-blowingly impressive whale sharks. Read on to learn about these gentle giants and how you can catch a rare sighting and spend some quality time with these magnificent creatures.

 

What is a Whale Shark?

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As large as a Cancun city bus, they creatures are docile and graceful.

Measuring up to 40 feet in length and weighing as much as 11 tons, these sharks are the largest living fish in the oceans, and they have spotted skins that locals call “dominoes.” The creatures typically feed at the surface on calm sunny days, suctioning great volumes of phytoplankton.

 

Why Do They Come?

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They come here to eat, swim and mate, just like human tourists….and despite their immense size, they pose no threat to people.

The coast of Quintana Roo, where the Gulf of Mexico converges with the Caribbean Sea, reportedly has the world’s highest concentration of whale sharks. They come to feed and to mate, and as many as 600 come here between May and September (RIGHT NOW) —and particularly during the hottest Summer months when currents sweep  plankton into the shallow waters around the Yucatán Peninsula.

 

How Are They Protected?

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A whale shark’s spots are as unique as your fingerprints.

They are currently listed as a vulnerable species. Tour operators and guides must adhere to strict regulations for approaching the creatures and to prevent crowding at feeding and mating sites.

 

Is Swimming with Whale Sharks Safe?

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The only thing going into that mouth is lots of little sea critters.

Fortunately, whale sharks are known as Filter Feeders, and their diet is mainly plankton and small species of plants and fish they take in through their massive jaws. Humans are currently not on their menu.

As long as you keep your distance so as not to scare them off, your time with them should be nothing short of life-changing.

 

How Can I See Them and Swim with Them?

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Swimming with dolphins while on vacation is a great thing. Swimming with whale sharks though, is a bucket list experience.

As an ecologically-responsible tour provider, Ecotourism-cancun.com offers a whale shark experience that both respects these creatures and their habitat and gives you a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

In this tour, you’ll go out to the area between Isla Contoy and Holbox Island, and in groups of two, get in two or three swims with the whale sharks. Groups are kept very small to protect these animals, so it’s important to reserve early to secure your spot.

Click here to find out more about Ecoturism-cancun.com’s Tour to Swim with Whale Sharks, Cancun’s biggest visitor!
 

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Whale Shark experience beyond what you imagine

The adventure began at 7 in the morning, I woke up with the excitement of a new experience without knowing what to expect.

At  Hacienda del Mar the guides offered us some breakfast, later joined the group of 10 people to give us detailed information on the experience we were to live.

We boarded the boat, the captain and experienced guides told us that would be about 40 minutes to arrive, then we should go to the union of the current Gulf of Mexico on the Caribbean Sea.

Along the way we saw several turtles and dolphins suddenly informed us that at mile 30  the sharks was waiting for us, we prepared because we were very close, the excitement and adrenaline began to feel.

There are no words to describe how wonderful it is to see you surrounded by so many whale sharks, a specialized guide was there with us at all times.

Definitely a unique experience 100% recommended with Ecoturismocancun. 

Whale Shark season in Cancun

Again!! the whale shark season is comming!! call us and make your reservations, the gentle giants are here! and you will love to swim with them, come with your family or friends and anjoy the season from May 15th to Sept 15Th

Swimming with whale sharks

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Whale Shark Adventure

During the months from June to September the magnificent whale sharks visit us in Cancun, making this place one of the most visited at this time of year in the Riviera Maya.

The whale shark is dark spoted on the top and white on the bottom, measures 15 feet long but will probably grow to over 60 feet, it prefers warm waters, so it migrates to the Mexican Caribbean Sea to mate and feed on plankton, squid and small fish. It’s a very quiet and friendly animal that is not afraid to cross with people who are near him, but as respect for the shark is forbidden to touch them.

“The Swim with Whale Shark Touroffers you an adventure you can not miss. We do the tours on our boats going from Cancun to Isla Contoy to reach the area where we can find the whale shark, there you can observe and swim around the giant fish in several periods of 10 minutes in pairs, our guides will be with you all times to support you and give you the necessary information to make your experience complete.
Go ahead and make your booking here for your summer vacation.

Would you dare to Interact with Sharks

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Experience new thrills in your vacation by diving into ponds filled whit Toro Sharks, is a safe and fun activity that we have in Cancun. This observation of the Bull Sharks is included in all dolphin swim’s you take at Isla Mujeres, we provide all snorkeling gear to go into the sea and you can look through a thick acrylic while they are eating great mouthfuls of fish. you’ll also
have the opportunity to go swimming with rays of different sizes.

Another place where you can watch sharks of many species such as Toro, Gata, Lemon, etc, is the Interactive Aquarium in Cancun. We dive into a pond in an acrylic cage give them to eat, as you can observe them quietly.

Dare to look this creatures closely and see how the real kings of the seas eat.