The ‘Dance’ of the Sailfish in Cancun

Cancun and the Treasures of the Caribbean set the stage for the magnificent dance of the sailfish. During the months of January through June, the waters near the natural paradise of Contoy Island welcome the beautiful species of the Sailfish. The island’s shallow waters and richness in plankton attracts a specific type of sardine, a delicacy which is the sailfish’s prey.
The behavior of this magnificent species and its presence in the waters of the Caribbean was discovered thanks to a deep investigation headed by Mexican diver, Alberto Friscione.   According to Friscione, the sailfish, who is ferocious predator appears as if it’s dancing on water, due to its swift movements and the use of its large bill which is used to round up its prey.   This ‘dance’ creates small groups of fish and drives them to the surface of the water so they can eat them.
The spectacle is crowned when the sailfish opens its dorsal fin, known as the sail, and changes drastically from an opaque tone to a sparkling silver and blue.  This causes a distraction to its prey and announces to its own species that it’s going to attack, thus avoiding them hurting each other. 

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