The famous American writer Mark Twain once said: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did.” Without realizing it, Twain was referring to an extraordinary vacation attraction 60 miles north of Cozumel, where the largest fish species (the whale shark) makes the tepid waters of the Mexico Caribbean Sea its home from May to September.
Immerse in that turquoise water expecting to see the whale sharks will seem like an eternity. The adrenalin pulsates through your bloodstream with trepidation that causes your fingertips and toes tingle as you examine the visible blue abyss for something.
Then, out of the ubiquitous silence, the blues of the sea are broken by the approaching whale shark. Its magnitude and beauty send a flutter of excitement throughout your body. The white-checkered dots on its back that identify it from every other whale shark in the world glide underneath you as you study these inspiring creatures in their natural habitat. With its overpowering 20-35 foot length and gentle presence, the whale shark swim transports you into a transcendental realm of magic.
As you step unto the ship, your partner’s face illustrates the intense passion that occupies your heart. The whale shark experience is over, and it is only after studying your diminutive size related to these extraordinary animals that you learn a world of admiration you thought only happened in the untouched corners of your mind.
The whale shark is the largest fish species, but despite its size, the creature is only sighted in only 14 places in the world, one being 60 miles north of Cozumel. Enjoying this marvelous experience will not be something you will regret. The knowledge on this delightful animal is still very limited, and although the exact number of whale sharks is unknown, they are considered a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The world has brought us the opportunity to discover a world outside of ourselves. Nothing will compare to this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Would you like to try it? Join us and swim with whale sharks.
Written by Stingray Villa