Whale sharks are everything the avid snorkeler could want in a shark; they are massive (making for thrilling underwater photos!) but they have small teeth, so they pose no immediate threat to humans. What more could you ask for when snorkeling and whale shark spotting in Playa del Carmen?
Take Advantage of Whale Shark Spotting in Playa del Carmen
May is whale shark season in Playa del Carmen. In fact, beautiful and nearby Isla Mujeres hosts an annual Whale Shark Festival that is worth adding to the itinerary if you are in the area this time of year.
Whale sharks are absolutely fascinating. They are the largest species of shark in the world, and some of the most substantial specimens have measured up to 60 feet in length and weigh upwards of eight tons. However, unlike most shark species, whale sharks have unsubstantial teeth.
Instead, they use a filter feeding system that filters huge quantities of water as it flows out of their mouths, trapping their teeny, tiny food sources – plankton, fish eggs, brine shrimp, and other tiny ocean creatures – behind. Thus, humans can enjoy viewing these gentle giants without any cause for concern or safety.
Never snorkeled before? That’s no problem. There are plenty of companies in the Playa del Carmen region that can help you get your snorkeling groove on. If snorkeling isn’t your thing, that’s fine, too. Companies like Playa del Carmen Tours are happy to take you on whale shark tours that will put you in close proximity to these amazing creatures without ever having to step foot in the water.