This is the largest known aggregation of whale sharks worldwide. From May to September each year the largest known aggregation of whale sharks occurs in the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula off the coast of Isla Mujeres and Isla Contoy. Whale sharks come to feed mainly on plankton and fish eggs, which brings them really close to the surface, therefore the best way to interact with these animals is with snorkeling gear.
Every day we will depart early in the morning to locate the whale sharks which aggregate off the coast of Isla Mujeres. The boat ride can take anywhere from 45 mins to 2 hours, depending on the conditions. We have frequented this area for years and we know as a fact that the chance of seeing this animals is very high.
The whale shark is the biggest fish in the ocean and can reach lengths in excess of 16+ mts. Although the average whale sharks we see during these interactions are normally 10-14 mts, there have been reports during previous years of up to 400 whale sharks in the area.
Surface temperature: Average 77 - 86 °F/ 25 - 30 °C
Water temperature: Average 79 - 82 °F/ 26 - 28 °C
Visibility: ranging from 60 - 100 ft/ 18 -30 mts or more
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