Whale Sharks Are Swarming Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Citizen Scientists Invited to Help Protect, Preserve Whale Sharks
Swim with Whale Sharks (photo (c) John S. Vater)
Swim with Whale Sharks (photo (c) John S. Vater)
ISLA MUJERES, Mexico - June 1, 2015 - PRLog -- The largest aggregation of whale sharks, the biggest fish in the ocean, is ramping up in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. While a few days ago there were only twenty, now hundreds of whale sharks are arriving in these crystal blue waters.

Every year the full moon in June signals the spawn of bonito and tunas in the water off Isla Mujeres. Large groups of whale sharks swarm the area in eager anticipation of the spawn, to feast on this bounty of the sea.

“Whale sharks are flooding into the waters of Isla Mujeres. While a few days ago there were 20 whale sharks, today guests swam with 100,” said John Vater, co-founder of Ceviche Tours, an ecotourism and travel company in Isla Mujeres.

Guests of Ceviche Tours can submit photos taken during their whale shark excursions to the International Whale Shark Registry at http://www.whaleshark.org. The Registry will track the whale shark, and when it is encountered again they will send updates about the whale shark’s location and where it has traveled. “It is a great way for the public to get involved as ‘Citizen Scientists’ in helping to preserve the marine ecosystem,” said Vater.

The whale shark aggregation will continue through August as the fishes, corals and lobsters near and on the Mesoamerican reef spawn. This summer, guests can also attend the Whale Shark Festival July 18-24, 2015.

Isla Mujeres is the closest land to the whale shark aggregation. It boasts more than 70 hotels and has activities for the entire family, making it an ideal place to stay for swimming with the whale sharks. This tight-knit community of fishermen and their families is home to the Mexican Navy, who ensures the safety of the area.

Ceviche Tours offers private excursions and open boats for whale shark adventures as well as ground transportation from the Cancun Airport to the Island. Tours to visit the Mayan pyramids and the Yucatan are also available.

Fully licensed divers and guides lead all Ceviche Tours whale shark excursions. Snorkel equipment is included with every tour (guests can also use their own gear). For more information visit http://www.CevicheTours.com or contact info@cevichetours.com.

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About Ceviche Tours
Since 2007, Ceviche Tours has been providing sustainable ecotourism and travel services to the Yucatan and Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Ceviche Tours works with the people of Isla Mujeres to preserve the local culture and maintain the integrity and beauty of the surrounding marine environment. In addition to sailfishing, Ceviche Tours offers excursions to swim with whale sharks. Sport fishing charters and other swimming and snorkeling adventures. For more information visit www.CevicheTours.com.

Hillary Call
Tags:Travel, Mexico, Whale Shark, Ecotourism, Environment
Industry:Tourism, Travel
Location:Isla Mujeres - Quintana Roo - Mexico
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