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If you have been following my blog in recent weeks, you will notice that I have been doing a lot of swimming with various animals whilst in the Caribbean. Well this week is no different, but is the last of my aqua-adventures. This time it was Whale Sharks. This was yet another excursion that I did whilst in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico.

An adult whale shark can grow to the length of anything between 25-40ft and feeds mainly on algae and plankton, luckily for me! The name whale sharks is such because of its great size. It is not a mammal and cannot therefore officially be classed as a whale, but is near the size of most whales and can be classed as a shark.

Waking up at 5am whilst on holiday, I really hoped that the trip would be worth it. It was an hour drive to a harbour in Cancun. We were offered a very light breakfast, accompanied with a tablet for sea-sickness. I have to admit that I am glad I took it now, as I still felt a bit green towards the end of the day.

After another hour-long, this time by boat south of Cancun to find where the school were on this day. If you have read my previous post, I mentioned our tour guide, Yann, well he was also my guide this trip too. He was responsible for takings the pics and videos throughout the day and did an awesome job. Thanks to him I have some great photos from that day. Cheers Yann!

Once the whale sharks are sighted, we got to have three dives each in groups of three, including a guide. The captain would drive his boat in front of the whale shark, whilst we were perched on the edge ready to jump in, snorkel secured until the captain gives his signal, “VAMOS!” and drop in front of the whale shark’s mouth, which was a daunting site at first! You then swim as hard as you can to keep up with this graceful thing and enjoy watching the whale shark go about its own business, mouth wide open, paying no attention to the likes of us swimming beside in absolute awe.

Believe me, it is hard work. I was shattered after my 3 dives and felt a little worse for wear, the effectiveness of the seasick tablet had obviously worn off. It it was a little bit “luck of the drawer” stuff. I managed to have two great dives with two quick whale sharks, but saw others barely having to swim because their whale shark was far more docile.

 All in all, what an experience. It was something I didn’t tell anyone other than my partner that I was doing and it was great to see peoples’ reaction. It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity because you can only swim with whale sharks in three parts of the world, Australia, the Philippines and thankfully, Mexico.

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angelrawrr angelrawrr

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One of the highlights of our Cebu trip was in Oslob, where we got the chance to swim with whale sharks... This seemed to be a bucket-list experience for me and my friends. These enormous fellas were amazing and scary at the same time. We spent half an hour in the waters, both swimming away while staying close enough to pull off a good picture with these famous creatures. I failed to [artistically, haha] capture the epic underwater moment but I definitely spent enough time to just watch and observe them closely. The best part-- we spent the entire night laughing at how horrible our pictures turned out! Still, kuddos for the new experience. :P Indeed, life begins at the end of your comfort zones.


breatheorange breatheorange

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Incredible!!! Do it with Ocean Tours. They are amazing. 


laraverleyen laraverleyen

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 Isla Holbox - Mexico


aceeasia aceeasia

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Swimming with these wonderful creatures will be one of the best moments in my life. 


Lauren_Nicole331 Lauren_Nicole331

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THE BEST thing I have ever EVER experienced. hands down. I've done it three times, twice in Mexico, and once in the Georgia Aquarium!

 


e_casavan e_casavan

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This was one of my most memorable experiences of my life!

 


gomezcamilo gomezcamilo

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Absolutely amazing!!! I was in Cancun when we decided to do it. We went 1 hour on a boat to where the whale sharks were located. Once we saw them it was incredible. There were about 10 separately eating plankton. The boat got right beside one, we jumped and were able to swim beside it for  few minutes. It doesn't seem, but they swim really fast. You have to swim fast to be beside it. It's a huge but calm and amazing animal. a day I won`t forget.

 


raybell2001 raybell2001

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 Swam with a Whale Shark, the biggest fish in the sea.


delamae delamae

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Don't know what's cooler. Swimming with dolphins or with a whale shark. Is it a whale? Or is it a shark?

 


msasd msasd

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April 28, 2013 - Swam with the whale sharks (aka "butanding" in the Philippines) in Oslob, Cebu, with my boyfriend as part of our anniversary celebration. This experience was surreal! :)


Wik Wik

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Mexico, July 2009, right off Isla Holbox.


raisaco raisaco

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Awesooome!! Going back to see adults though

christopherhatfield60 christopherhatfield60

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 Did it in 1970 in the Caribbean Sea.


Calli Calli

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 I was lucky enough to swim with three in the Gulf of Mexico in 2009 - I even touched one.  They are hard to keep up with.  I was on snorkel.  A memorable moment and definately bucket list material.

 


Bashoplop Bashoplop

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Ningaloo Reef! 

 


ScottPearce ScottPearce

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Cancun with Matt and Megan 


basilmoons basilmoons

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 I really didn't like this that much... I was sea sick because of the rocking of my boat and I was in a form fitting outfit I really hated, and when I jumped into the water I did it wrong so I got tons of water in my snorkle. Then I only was able to see them for a little bit, and the whole time I was a little scared. My mom though loved it, and I think if you really love marine life and being in the water (neither of which I do) you will really enjoy this.


Tigger2871 Tigger2871

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I did this in the aquarium with Jim in Australia and in the Great Barrier Reef while scuba diving there in 2004

 


MaleneHJ MaleneHJ

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I did it in the Philippines in Legazpi city, we swam with one who was 5 meters long and one who was 7 meters long. It was amazing! 

 


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