The Riviera Maya play host to one of the most spectacular tours you’ll ever experience: Whale shark adventure. These kings of the Sea are still big mystery to our Biologist as well as the tourists. This is one of the most memorable things to do in Cancun.
Whale shark – is actually shark, that can be as big as a school bus and weigh as much as 50,000 pounds. However, they are one of the gentlest animals in the sea. They are only one of only three shark species that filter feed. Even though they can open their mouths about five feet wide, wide enough to fit a man, however it leads in a funnel-like manner to a very tight esophagus — the size of a U.S. quarter. The fact that these ocean titans have more than 3,000 teeth is impressive, but till now the scientist don’t really know what their very small teeth are used for.
They are completely harmless to the humans. Swimming 3mph whale sharks and humans can swim friendly side by side.
Whale sharks are least known and researched about, even their migratory patterns are still widely unknown and not once have they ever been seen giving birth or mating.
Whale sharks like to travel. In fact, they spend most of their lives on the move. Some biologists think that whale sharks are solitary creatures that migrate toward where they can find food. That’s why you’ll spot them every year between Mexico’s Holbox Island, in the Gulf of Mexico, and Isla Mujeres, off the coast of Cancun. That’s where they feast on plankton and the eggs of tuna fish, among other marine-based munchies.