Miercoles Megafauna: Whale Shark

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Common Name: Whale shark

 

Latin Name: Rhincodon typus

 

Where you can see them here:  Whale Shark season runs from late May to September. Large schools of Whale Sharks feed on plankton blooms north of Cancun. We can arrange a snorkel for you with these creatures during this season and are taking bookings now!  While diving is not permitted where they feed, the odd lucky sighting of a whale shark can occur at any time on any deeper dive site so take a look into the open blue.

How to identify them: Join on a whale shark snorkel and it is hard to miss this, the world’s largest fish measuring up to 50 feet/15 metres in length. Its back and sides are gray to brown with white spots among pale vertical and horizontal stripes.

They filter feed on the tiny plankton with a wide open mouth sucking in everything in the vicinity. It then shuts its mouth, forcing water to filter out of its gills. Everything that remains becomes the giant shark’s dinner. Including possibly snorkelers, so stay away from the mouth!

What you may not know about them:  The whale shark is known to dive to feed to depths of up to 700 meters (that over 2,000ft deep).

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