Whale Sharks Move from Vulnerable to Endangered Status

Earlier this month, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species announced that the whale shark has moved from vulnerable to endangered status. Whale shark populations throughout the world have declined more than 50% in recent years. This sharp decline places whale sharks at a higher risk of extinction and explains the endangered status listing.

Swimming with a whale shark - La Paz, Mexico.
Swimming with a whale shark – La Paz, Mexico.

Whale sharks, the world’s largest fish, are gentle giants that glide through oceans feeding on plankton. Whale shark excursions led by reputable tour operators are helping with whale shark conservation in several countries throughout the world. We’ve had the pleasure of swimming with whale sharks in Mozambique and on numerous occasions in Mexico.

Swimming with whale sharks - Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
Swimming with a whale shark – Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

If you’re interested in learning more about swimming with whale sharks, feel free to contact us. Swimming alongside a whale shark is a memory you won’t soon forget.

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