Snorkeling with whale sharks

What an amazing world we live in that we can peacefully swim with giant beautiful creatures like the whale sharks. Seeing whales has definitely been one of my dreams but I did not expect that it will happen and that it will happen so soon.

whale sharksOnce I moved to Mexico and heard that the summer is the whale shark season, I immediately thought that I need to see them no matter what. I got so excited and could not imagine even how it must feel. Because my company also sells the tours, one day I got the opportunity to join in and see how it works so I could sell it better. YESSS, let’s go!

The tour starts very early and I’m not my best during early morning hours. Our pick-up was already at 5:10 AM. During that hour, I met many people who still hadn’t gone to bed from partying. Never mind I will try to sleep in the van. The one thing I don’t understand in warm countries is that why does everyone want to put the aircon to -100 degrees in all the vehicles when its like +30 celsius outside. So you freeze and sweat constantly. Thus, it was a little hard to sleep but whatever, I’m going to see the whale sharks.

whale sharks

Once we arrived in Cancun, at the harbor, we gathered our group of 8 people and got on a boat and the boat ride for the search of the whale sharks could begin. They said the boat ride was about an hour but it felt a lot shorter. At one point you noticed a large gathering of other boats at one spot. They had found them. Our boat carefully tried to squeeze in between the other roughly hundred boats to get ready for snorkeling. You could already see their huge mouths peeking out from the water. Excitement levels went through the roof.

For safety reasons and for the comfort of whale sharks, our group was divided into pairs and we could swim with them two at a time. During our first round, I was just in shock. I jumped in and there it was, a massive whale shark just like standing there. It did not move and was just peacefully resting with his mouth out of the water. I was so amazed and could not believe my eyes that I am so close to such a big creature. Do not touch was one of the strict rules for us but I immediately felt like I want to hug it.

Then we let other people take turns and moved around with the boat slowly to go for the second round. During the next round, we had to swim a lot and fast to get close to them. And once again there they were swimming right beside us. When I and my friend were heading back to the boat to let the other people get their turn then one suddenly was swimming right at us. I did not know what to do or where to swim and lost all my ability to film anything due to strong happy emotion. The humongous fish looked slightly intimidating too. Anyway, I tried to swim so that I would not touch it because then I am immediately out of the snorkeling game and I am sure the whale shark would not like that. It just casually swam passed us.

Last turn and back to the boat we go. After swimming with whale sharks, we headed to a local reef near Isla Mujeres to get some extra snorkeling. There we had luck seeing a nurse shark and a baby turtle. I had never seen a nurse shark before either. What a sleepy lazy animal, a cute sharky.

The captain and the guide prepared us some meals in between and while enjoying a beer we headed back to the harbor. Overfilled with positive emotions we needed to head back to Tulum. Sooooo happpyyyyyyy 🙂

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