Whale Sharks in Belize!

by McNab Editorial Team

Get A Chance to Swim with Whale sharks

Swimming with whale sharks is a must-do activity on your bucket list. Being around the largest fish species in the sea is a life-changing experience. Seasonal feeding aggregation happens on the coast of many sites including Belize! Whale sharks tend to like warmer areas and are found in tropical waters, being the reason why they pass through Belize. Also, did you know they are not whales? They are actually sharks! However, they are very friendly compared to sharks.

When and where to See them?

Who wouldn’t like seeing the biggest fish in the sea? The months whale sharks can be sighted is from March through June following the full moon. Though it is said that the best months to see them would be from April to May, it is recommended to schedule some days in March and June just in the case that you miss the sightings in April or May. This large fish would usually appear 2 days before the full moon and up to 10 days after. Placencia and Hopkins are the most common sites that the Whale Shakes visit. Since other species aggregate for spawning at the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve in Belize during these months, the whale sharks would be feeding on the eggs of these species here. There’s a chance for everyone to see it whether it be snorkeling, diving or just taking a swim.

The full moon dates are:

March 21

April 19

May 18

June 17

Why Swim with them?

Whale Sharks are completely harmless! Just don’t get in their way and stay a few feet away them to be respectful. Let them come close to you, they’re just being curious. You’ll see just how enormous these creatures really are while you’re beside them. They can grow up to 40 feet in length and can weigh up to 20 tons. Their skin has marks of pale yellow spots and stripes, which each whale is unique in. Swimming with these rare whales is an unforgettable experience which you’ll definitely enjoy.

Written by CC+L editorial team

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