You may or may not know about whale sharks. They are slow filter feeding sharks but much more gentle and kinder than the average sharks. Because they gorge on plankton and smaller marine wildlife they are considered safe. Although they are actually very large (some can grow up to twelve meters long) they pose no threat at all to humans and many love the idea of swimming with them. Photogenic, friendly and with a definite ‘wow’ factor they make great diving buddies! If you’re into global travel and want to try to see whale sharks for yourselves then here are some tips:-
If you’re thinking of seeing them you will need to decide on a country before you go. They can be very intrigued by humans so if you choose a good country and a good time to go you have a fairly good chance of seeing them. One of the best places is The Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia as they gorge on the supply of plankton here every spring. Other places they frequent and or have been spotted are around the coast of South Africa, Yucaton, Mexico, Indonesia, Tofo Reef in Mozambique, Tanzania, Thailand, Maldives and the Red Sea.
Before you head off to your chosen destination, make sure you find out about a diving tour group with a good reputation. It can be very dangerous to seek whale seeks on your own so make sure you ask around for some recommendations. A good place to start is fellow well seasoned travellers or good internet travel forums.
You might wonder if all this is worth the effort, it definitely is. Whale Sharks are strikingly beautiful and are often very playful and enjoy human company. There are even reports of them allowing people to hitch a ride on them! Of course there is the added bonus of them not being dangerous, the only thing you’ll have to remember is not to get too close to their blow hole (they can sometimes unexpectedly snort!)
Even if you’re not a seasoned diver (or don’t like the thought of diving) then why not try snorkelling instead? Snorkelling is still a great way to swim with whale sharks. On your tour a typical day will start with a few practice swims and then you will get taken out to the reef where the sharks frequent. You will always be with an experienced dive master and typically in groups of ten to twenty people. The dive master will also act as a spotter and let you know when one is near. With just a little effort this travel experience can be one of the most incredible of your life!
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February 19 2011 07:17 am | Vacations