Whaleshark Experience at Isla Mujeres, Mexico
The Whale Shark, Rhincodon typus, is the largest living species of fish and the worlds largest shark. Each one is marked with a unique pattern of pale yellow stripes and spots that run the length of its body. Whale Sharks primarily live in tropical warm waters and are generally found in the open ocean.
With a mouth up to 5 feet wide and 300 rows of tiny teeth (up to 3000 teeth) they can seem intimidating. They are very docile creatures and pose no significant risk to human beings.
It is generally accepted that Whale Sharks are solitary creatures and only rarely have they been recorded in large groups. This is another reason that the phenomenal gathering of large numbers near Isla Mujeres is an event to be seen.
Whale Sharks diet is primarily plankton, algae, krill and sometimes small squid or small fish. They feed by opening their large mouths and sucking in huge amounts of water that they filter.
One Whale Shark can pass over 1500 gallons of water through its gills every hour.
Whale Sharks are considered to be slow swimmers at around 3 miles per hour.
Unlike many other sharks they swim by moving their entire bodies side to side.Whale Shark Encounter, Quintana Roo, México
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