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Whale Sharks Meet The Mexican Coast

Whale Sharks Meet The Mexican Coast

Every summer hundreds of whale sharks congregate to reproduce themselves. This summer hundreds of them have met up for their congregation in the Gulf of Mexico.

This annual summer, hundreds of whale sharks will reproduce themselves at the Mexican coast, from the month of May till the September. So far two hundred and fifty whale sharks have been sighted in a positive sign for the species. Two years back, around four hundred and twenty whale sharks were reported in a single aerial way.

According to Rafae de la Parra, who is a local biologist, all the marine species such as tuna fish, whale sharks, stingrays and dolphins come to Isla Murjees, in Gulf of Mexico. They feed on plankton, krill, small fish or algae. De la Parra thinks that whale sharks come to reproduce.

Some biologists thought that the increased sighting of these sharks indicate Isla Murjees as a point along their migration route. According to our reporters, a man photographed these sharks when a diver came so close to one of them that he might have got swallowed. He was staring in to the gaping jaws of the shark.

Whale sharks do not have a very good eyesight but luckily the diver managed to get out of the way. Mauricio Handler, who leads an expedition of photographers, captured the moment, when the diver was so close to the shark, in his camera. At a time there are almost six hundred of these sharks feed together. They all are mainly grey in color and they have a white underside. These sharks live for more than sixty years and have an average length of twenty five feet. They swim in water, but moving their entire bodies from one side to another.

Photo by marksteelenz.

2 Responses to Whale Sharks Meet The Mexican Coast

  1. When we took a tour with last summer when we visited Cancun, we learned one very important fact. That even if someone gets in the way of a whale shark, they cannot eat humans. This is because they do not have sharp teeth like other sharks. Like the article states, these are filter feeders, so getting eaten by a whale shark is out of the question. The fact of the matter is that these giant fish need protection from mankind, especially fin poachers, who wouldn't even think twice about putting them on the growing list of endangered species.