Whale Shark Adventure Trip Description
Season May 22nd to September 17th
Swim with Whale Sharks in Cancun, also from Playa del Carmen and Isla Mujeres
After picking you up at your hotel’s lobby at 7am in Playa del Carmen and 8 am in Cancun (all our vehicles are comfortable, modern, and air-conditioned), we will be waiting for you at Punta Sam (15 minutes from Cancun) for registration and continental breakfast, or to rent a wetsuit (if you have your own, bring it) at 9:00 am. After breakfast, we will be ready to swim with Whale Sharks in Cancun.
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SWIM WITH WHALE SHARKS 2019!!
Season May 22nd to September 17th
100% refund will apply in the following cases:
- If the service is cancelled by the supplier. For example in case of bad weather and reschedule is not possible. Due to illness, presenting a doctor’s report.
- If the cancellation is made at least 48 hours prior to the day of the tour.
- If a date change is requested at least 48 hours prior to the date of the tour and a new date cannot be agreed upon.
50% refund will apply:
- If the cancellation is made before 5pm (local time) the day before the tour.
- If a date change is requested before 5pm (local time) on the day before the tour, and a new date cannot be agreed upon.
No refunds will apply:
- If the client does not show on the date and time of the tour.
May 22nd – Sept 17th
*Due to any imminent changes in the legislation that coordinates the activity of Whale Shark Tour Operators, prices are subject to change without previous notice.
Whale Shark Additional Information
The whale shark Latin term , Rhincodon Typus, is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest extant fish species. They are big! The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 meters (41.50 ft) and a weight of more than 21.5 metric tons (47,000 lb), and Claims of individuals over 14 meters (46 ft) long and weighing at least 30 metric tons (66,000 lb) are not uncommon.
The whale shark holds many records for sheer size in the animal kingdom, most notably being by far the largest living non-mammalian vertebrate, rivaling many of the largest dinosaurs in weight.
It is the sole member of the genus Rhincodon and the family, Rhinco dontidae (called Rhiniodon and Rhinodontidae before 1984), which belongs to the subclass Elasmobranchii in the class Chondrichthyes. The species originated approximately 60 million years ago.
The whale shark is found in tropical and warm oceans and lives in the open sea with a lifespan of about 70 years. Although whale sharks have very large mouths, as filter feeders they feed mainly, though not exclusively, on plankton, which are microscopic plants and animals. However, the BBC program Planet Earth filmed a whale shark feeding on a school of small fish. The same documentary showed footage of a whale shark timing its arrival to coincide with the mass spawning of fish shoals and feeding on the resultant clouds of eggs and sperm.
The species was distinguished in April 1828 after the harpooning of a 4.6 metres (15.1 ft) specimen in Table Bay, South Africa. Andrew Smith, a military doctor associated with British troops stationed in Cape Town, described it the following year.The name “whale shark” comes from the fish’s physiology, being as large as some species of whales and also a filter feeder like many whale species.