The annual summer migration of the ocean’s largest fish, the Whale Shark, begins May 15, 2014 near Cancun, Mexico.
They will be in the Gulf of Mexico’s waters near Cancun enjoying the Summer “Buffet” of plankton, krill, and other microscopic delicacies in Mother Nature’s Aquarium through mid September.
Tens of thousands of tourists have taken snorkel trips to swim alongside these gentle giants the past 5 years, and the numbers continue to grow. In addition to the Whale Sharks, snorkelers can see/swim with huge Manta Rays, pods of Free-Running dolphins (not in a caged tank), turtles and much, much more.
Numerous tour operators have set up shop to conduct these tours out to the Whale Shark feeding area from Cancun.
Cancun Whale Shark Tours is a leader, following strict guidelines for interaction, as set forth by the Mexican conservation regulators, including being the only tour company to equip their boats with “Prop Guards” to protect Whale Sharks and swimmers alike as well as demand participants only use Reef Safe 100% Biodegradable Sunscreens while swimming to protect the Whale Sharks and the ocean environment.
In addition, Cancun Whale Shark Tours has become a founding member of the International Whale Shark Conservation Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to research and preservation of these endangered species, someday to be extinct, unless controls on harvesting and “finning” are under control.
The formation of the foundation was a result of Roddrigo Sidney’s (aka The Whale Shark Daddy’s) participation @ the 3rd International Whale Shark Conference held at the Georgia Aquarium in October 2013. There, over 70 scientists and researchers from around the world met and collaborated on Whale Shark Research and Conservation. The immediate need was determined to SAVE the declining Whale Shark population from extinction, and PRESERVE for future generations and conduct needed research into their migration patterns, birthing, feeding, and photo identification.
Cancun Whale Shark Tours donates a percentage of all proceeds from their tours to the Foundation to assist in this endeavor.
Cancun Whale Shark Tours, www.cancunwhalesharktours.com