WITH WHALE SHARKS 2018
Our 2018 Mexican Whale Shark
in a Nut Shell:
A great trip! Excellent whale shark and manta
encounters everyday. Bumpy seas on day one but smooth
sailing for the rest of the trip.
Plenty of Sharks to go
Believe it or not, I still worry that the
whale sharks might not show up. Its silly because we have never
been skunked. Over the years we have had an occasional slow day when the
action is a little sporadic but we have never been skunked.
As usual, this was another year with lots of
sharks. I estimate we had at least 50 sharks on day
one (our slowest day) and 100-150 on the other three days at sea.
That translates into lots of great encounters like this one!
It seemed as though the sharks were vertical
feeding for longer than they have on other years. One shark
stayed vertical for almost an hour even though it was
surrounded by snorkellers.
I'm convinced that sometimes the sharks stand
on their tails to expel air that is trapped in their
cavernous bellies but sometimes they are obviously vertical
so that they can let just the very surface layer of water
into their mouths; the layer that is full of invisible eggs.
This surface shot demonstrates the process well.
Whale Shark Image List
The image above was a new
perspective for me; something that is harder to get each
year that I go, but always a fun personal challenge.
I like to share my best pics with the guests so I
always try to get a
nice variety of whale shark images that I think our guests
will like. With so many
sharks in attendance, it was easy to tick all the usual boxes:
The classic feeding whale shark.
A nice Split Shot with the boat in the
And a silhouette of a whale shark blocking out
It was also a good year for manta encounters.
We saw plenty of individuals and small groups forming Manta
Trains where each manta follows the one in front. Mantas
don't let you get as close as the whale sharks do but if you're stealthy, you can
get some nice close passes :)
Now and then, a manta would breach (jump
completely out of the water). Sometimes they breach twice in
a row so there is a chance to get a pic of the second breach
once you have seen where they are going to jump. I spent a
lot of time sitting on the roof of our boat,
hoping to nail the shot but it is even harder than it
While waiting for the mantas to breach, I had
lots of time to take topside images of the sharks cruising by.
Next Stop Crocs
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
Some trips come and go but this one will
continue forever; as long as the sharks keep showing up.
So, 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