WITH WHALE SHARKS 2017
Our 2017 Mexican Whale Shark
in a Nut Shell:
Stormy on our first trip but with a great
finish. On week two we had abundant whale sharks everyday
plus scores of mantas! Great encounters!
Its been a challenging year for weather all
over the tropics. Fortunately, the Mexican Riviera is a
natural playground so when you have to skip a day at sea,
its easy to find an alternative. We organized some fun
inland cavern dives for our guests. Most had not had a
chance to dive in a cenote (water filled cave) before so
everyone enjoyed the adventure.
A Day on the Inshore Reefs
We also snuck in a day of diving on Cancun's
inshore reefs before the wind completely abated. Although
Cancun is a busy port, the reefs are surprisingly healthy
with an abundance of fish.
We even managed to find some 'big fish' to
keep the mega fauna addicts happy :)
Making up for Lost Time
When the storm subsided, we headed out to the
whale shark grounds and the sharks were waiting. Making up
for lost time, we swam with the sharks from early in the
morning until late in the afternoon. As usual, we were the
last boat to leave the sharks by more than an hour. This is
one of the things that make our whale shark trips special.
Wall to Wall
Whale Shark Action on our Second Week!
Week two could not have been more different.
The weather was great so our guests spent hour after hour in
the company of huge but harmless whale sharks.
Most of the time, whale sharks simply swim
along near the surface vacuuming up thousands of eggs in
each enormous gulp. Now and then they stop swimming and let
their tails drop so that they are floating in a vertical
position. They probably do this to let air trickle out of
their stomach cavities.
The Mexicans call this behavior 'bottling'.
This year, there seemed to be bottling sharks everywhere we
looked so everyone got to witness it from close quarters.
On the first day we were completely
preoccupied with the whale sharks but later in the week we
targeted areas with whale sharks and scores of mantas too.
The mantas are not always in the same region so it was a
nice bonus to see them gorging themselves on fish eggs right
near their cartilaginous cousins. Some of the mantas were
swimming solo and others stayed in groups of 5 or 6 animals.
It was a pleasure to see them gracefully flying through the
Selfies and Silhouettes
With so many sharks around, it was easy to
get images from virtually every angle. After shooting some
nice portraits of the whale sharks feeding, I moved on to
some other classic pose such as:
And of course a few whale shark selfies :)
Another Great Whale Shark
Before we knew it, the trip was over and we
were on our way to the next adventure which for us was
American Crocodiles further south in the Yucatan. We left
with great images, fantastic memories and lots of new
friends that we hope to see again soon.
Swim with Whale Sharks
If you would like to encounter the world's
largest gathering of the world's largest fish, join us next
August for our
VIP Whale Shark Adventure