Mexico is known for its amazing sea adventures. From amazing snorkeling tours to finding hidden history pieces in the jungle—Mexico has it all. Riviera Maya, in particular, is known to provide the greatest of adventures. The eco-friendly tourism here is promoted by the government and you get to enjoy nature in its purest form.
Whale sharks have been known to visit the warm waters of the Caribbean each year between the months of May and September. Imagine swimming with a 40 feet long majestic creature beside you. You can now experience this epic site while you are in Riviera Maya or Cancun.
6 Things to Know While Swimming With the Whale Shark
These calm creatures feed on plankton near the surface and display a great show of nature’s beauty. Here are 10 things you need to know while embarking upon this amazing journey.
1. Whale sharks have a life span of more than 100 years. It makes them one of the oldest species in the world.
2. These fish feed on plankton—which means you don’t come close to being their food. They use filters to catch the plankton.
3. Whales love solitude and come together only in the mating season.
4. In the year 2016, they were classified as endangered because they have been massively hunted in Asia.
5. Isla Mujeres hosts an annual whale shark festival which spans over 5 days. This festival informs tourist about some amazing facts about these fish and discusses on way to make things better for them.
6. The Whale shark Playa Del Carmen is the largest fish out there. On the other hand, whales are classified as mammals and they still are the biggest mammals in the sea and on the entire planet.
Some Safety Rules
Although these sharks are calm by nature, you still need to pay them respect as they are the biggest creatures found in the Mexican seas. While you snorkel around them, give them enough space and keep at a nominal distance.
Since they won’t eat you, their tail can cause trouble as it is a powerhouse. Stay close to their head if you want to befriend it. in order to do that, you will have to swim fast to keep up to their pace.
To be exact, stay within 3 feet of the head and 10 feet from the tail. Keep wearing your life jacket and avoid flash photography under the sea.