Cancun celebrates International Whale Shark Day for the third consecutive year

 

Now, for the third year in a row, the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau will celebrate International Whale Shark Day on August 30th, with a deeper knowledge and appreciation for the importance and need of preserving the unique species.

Back in 2008, during the International Whale Shark Conference that took place in Isla Holbox, representatives from over 40 countries formally established Whale Shark Day to celebrate the world’s largest fish, known locally as the “Domino,” because of the white dots on their skin. On June 5, 2009, the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve was established off the northern coast of Quintana Roo, which is where masses of the whale shark species migrate every year. 

You should take the opportunity to see these enormous, yet harmless creatures that reach lengths up to almost 50 feet. The Whale Sharks really are an  impressive size and although their ample mouths extend approximately 5 feet they only feed on plankton so there is no need to be fearful.  Swimming alongside them is a truly thrilling experience!

Whale Shark season officially started on May 15th, but they are still found in the waters aound Cancun and Quintana Roo until the end of September,

For more facts about the amazing Whale Sharks and where you can swim with them the please visit http://cancun.travel/en/things-to-do/adventure/whale-shark/  Cancun’s only official information website.

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