Whale sharks swimming experts in Cancun, Mexico
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Swim with the Whale Shark from Playa del Carmen, Cancun, and the Riviera Maya.
Ocean Tours will take you swimming with whale sharks and snorkeling with whale sharks in their natural area at the Caribbean Sea.
Come and discover the beauty of the turtles sanctuary and coral reef in the Mayan Riviera; and snorkel in 3 different mayan cenotes. (Caverns with crystal clear fresh water)
Join us in the visit to the paradisiacal Islands of Contoy and Isla Mujeres.
You will discover the magnificent flora and fauna of the Mexican Caribbean, unchanged for centuries.
Whale Shark Facts / Why Snorkel with Whale Sharks in Isla Mujeres
The whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest extant fish species.
The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 metres (41.50 ft) and a weight of more than 21.5 tonnes (47,000 lb), and there are unconfirmed reports of considerably larger whale sharks. Claims of individuals over 14 metres (46 ft) long and weighing at least 30 tonnes (66,000 lb) are not uncommon.
The whale shark is the sole member of the genus Rhincodon and the family, Rhincodontidae (called Rhiniodon and Rhinodontidae before 1984), which belongs to the subclass Elasmobranchii in the class Chondrichthyes. The species originated about 60 million years ago, and, in Mexico, can be spotted swimming near Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Holbox, Isla Mujeres, and the whole Riviera Maya Area.
The whale shark is found in tropical and warm oceans and lives in the open sea with a lifespan of about 70 years. Although whale sharks have very large mouths, as filter feeders they feed mainly, though not exclusively, on plankton, which are microscopic plants and animals. However, the BBC program Planet Earth filmed a whale shark feeding on a school of small fish. The same documentary showed footage of a whale shark timing its arrival to coincide with the mass spawning of fish shoals and feeding on the resultant clouds of eggs and sperm.
The species was distinguished in April 1828 after the harpooning of a 4.6 metres (15.1 ft) specimen in Table Bay, South Africa. Andrew Smith, a military doctor associated with British troops stationed in Cape Town, described it the following year. The name "whale shark" comes from the fish's physiology, being as large as many whales and also a filter feeder like many whale species.
Don't miss this chance to Snorkel and Swim with the WhaleShark in Mexico. Check out our WhaleShark Tour in Playa del Carmen and Cancun for more information.