Whale sharks take the title of “world’s largest fish”. A docile filter-feeder, the whale shark can reach lengths of 30+ feet. The longest individual ever recorded measured 41.5 feet! Lacking evident sharp teeth like most others, the whale shark swims, mouth wide open, to obtain microscopic plankton from water. Large congregations form off the coast of Isla Holbox and Isla Mujeres in Mexico during the summer months. Numbers peak between mid-July and mid-August and on a single day in August 2010, more than 400 whale sharks were seen in the feeding grounds near Isla Mujeres.
The June 2011 issue of Smithsonian Magazine features a wonderful article on whale sharks near Isla Holbox (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Swimming-With-Whale-Sharks.html). Swimming alongside these giants is on the bucket list for many travelers, and for good reason.
Thinking of getting into the water with them? Reefs to Rockies offers whale shark trips from both Mexican islands and off the coast of Mozambique in Africa. Let us help you plan a marine adventure of a lifetime! Sample itineraries can be found at http://reefstorockies.com/.