Whale Shark Season Adds an Exciting Element To The Typical Underwater Adventure
Playa del Carmen offers a wide variety of diving and snorkeling experiences to visitors; however, whale shark season is one of the most exciting times of the year for diving enthusiasts. This particular shark moves slowly through the beautiful waters while filter feeding and is one of the largest existing species of the ocean. Its size has been confirmed to be as much as forty-one feet in length with a weight of forty-seven thousand pounds. Whale sharks are noted for their sheer size as one of the largest existing non-mammalian vertebrates in the world. These beautiful creatures often reside in the warm waters of the tropics and spend their seventy year life roaming the open seas.
Swimming Alongside a Sea Goliath
A number of visitors come to Playa del Carmen to dive with these beautiful animals as they migrate to the area beginning in June. Whale shark season is a great time to dive and swim next to one of the most wondrous animals of the sea. The shark’s body consists of a flattened head, blunt snout, and a white belly. Its back comprises of gray to brown coloring combined with white spots and pale stripes. The whale shark migrates to the continental shelf in the spring and then makes it way to areas such as Playa del Carmen from June to the middle of September.
Visitors coming to this region of the Yucatan Peninsula in the course of whale shark season have the opportunity to swim with these gentle creatures on a dive or snorkeling expedition. Sightings are almost guaranteed throughout the summer months in Playa del Carmen as whale shark season is in full swing. The size of this creature can be overwhelming at first; however, they are a sight visitors cannot miss while staying in the tropics. Whale sharks gather in the region to feed on the nutrient rich water found near the shore and this provides the ultimate sightseeing opportunity. If a trip during whale shark season sounds tempting, Playa Palms can ensure the sight is not missed as you explore beautiful Playa del Carmen.
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