The waters surrounding Los Cabos are stunningly beautiful and serene and there are many ways you can enjoy time out on the water. One of the most incredible experiences is to swim with the whale sharks that pass through these waters during the high season from early winter to late spring.
Whale sharks are some of the biggest animals in the ocean, and are without a doubt the largest fish species in the world. Reaching up to 40 feet long, and weighing in at over 20 tons these leviathans can live to 70 years old and constitute the most breathtaking sights in the Sea of Cortez. Owing to their huge size, these creatures are slow moving and generally docile, which makes them a favorite of animal-lovers and adventure seekers from all over the world.
Whale or Shark?
You might be wondering which category these majestic giants fall into, and it will probably surprise you to hear that, despite their considerable size, whale sharks are not related to the air breathing, mammalian whales at all, but are members of the shark family. Despite this, however, they are not dangerous to humans at all; these are one of three shark species which are filter-feeders, and live on a diet of plankton, small fish, and microscopic algae filtered through their gills.
Swimming with whale sharks
Their size often intimidates people, but it is very easy to swim with whale sharks; they feed close to the surface, so you can snorkel alongside them and they swim exceedingly slowly at only 3 miles per hour. Furthermore, they are generally quite indifferent to humans being in the water around them, so you needn’t worry about them being inquisitive, let alone aggressive. With all this is mind, it is not at all surprising, that activities featuring these creatures are some of the most popular in Los Cabos; these are memories you won’t ever forget.
Whale shark tours
It is very easy to find a company which will take you out onto the water to see these leviathans of the open ocean, and these boat trips will generally take you to feeding grounds where you can observe the whale sharks in all their glory before giving you the chance to jump into the water. All you have to do is work up the courage to get beside them! Why not book a trip through the on-site travel agency at Villa del Palmar Cancun or Villa del Arco for an experience of a lifetime.
Only reputable companies are allowed a license to take people out to see the whale sharks.
Whale sharks used to be plentiful across the world, but are now an endangered species and, as such, are protected by international and Mexican law. This is why only two people are allowed to swim with them at once, and why you will be asked to wear organic, biodegradable sunscreen when you go out on such tours.