Summer is well and truly on the way, and so are the whale sharks that migrate in schools, year on year, to the warm coastal waters of the Caribbean in search of fresh feeding grounds. Whale Sharks migrate to the waters around Cancun and Isla Mujeres in order to feed and breed each year in the warm, shallow waters. These majestic creatures are the highlight of any summer season visit to Cancun, and are a great reason to use your Preferred Points for a last minute summer vacation.
Whale Shark Season
This year’s whale shark season in Cancun will run from the end of June to the middle of September. During this time, tourists will be able to swim with these magnificent and gentle giants in their natural habitat.
One Big Fish
Weighing over 20 tons, whale sharks are the single largest known species of fish in the ocean. Their name comes, not surprisingly, from their sheer size which is much similar to that of a whale. They can typically reach 18 – 32 feet in length and some have even grown to beyond 40 feet. No matter the size, though, they have been proven to be harmless and unconcerned with divers.
Is it safe to swim with whale sharks?
These quiet, docile creatures pose no threat to humans. Despite their huge size, they are non-aggressive filter-feeders that feast on plankton and small fish, moving around 3 mph close to the surface of the water. Whale sharks are one of only three sharks which feed in this way, by filtering food through their gills and thus are not a danger to larger species.
Swimming tours with these wonderful creatures are suitable for adults and children alike. It is truly a privilege to slip through the warm, crystalline waters off the coast of Cancun beside one of these majestic and utterly beautiful creatures. Tours from the Villa del Palmar Cancun resort include transportation to the dock from where you will embark in search of whale shark waters. You will first be able to see the sharks swimming close to the surface of the water; then, those brave enough can slip into the water and start swimming beside them.