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Whale Shark encounter.

Have you ever seen a whale shark up close? Here is my magical encounter with a few of them.

 

Encuentro con el tiburón ballena en México. from Galia Venguer on Vimeo.

Fun Facts:

  • It is the world’s largest fish.
  • It can measure over 15 feet long and weigh over 20 tons.
  •  Their skin is dark gray with white or yellowish spots. Feels like sandpaper, so it can scrape your skin.
  •  It feeds only on plankton and small fish.
  •  They are unfortunately endangered, by man.
  •  In the Riviera Maya, the whale shark can be found only during the summer, from May to September, to be more specific.

 


Suggestions:

  •  The best time to see them is after the full moon, when they are most active.
  •  Avoid diving. Go into the water, slowly.
  •  Do not use camera with flash.  That can alter or even confuse them.
  •  Maintain a distance of 2 meters between you and the shark.
  •  Do not get in front of him.
  •  Life jacket required.
  •  Use only biodegradable sunscreen.
  •  Do not touch the animal.
  •  If you tend to get sea sick, we recommend you take Dramamine.

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