A new Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve in
Cancun was created by Presidential Decree in June,adding to an already
perfect environment for spotting the ocean's most unique creatures.
Reserva de la Biosfera Tiburón Ballena
is an extension of the already existing Reserva
de la Biosfera de Yum Balam,located in front of the north coast region
of Quintana Roo near Cancun,with a surface area of 145,988 acres.
protected area contains waters rich with organic material. This concentration of
nutrients allow for the exceptional presence of species such as mussels,
crustaceans,birds and marine mammals,and above all,schools of fish of
commercial and sport importance,as well as large groups of whale
Every year,from May to September,you can get up close and
personal with the biggest fish in the world,by visiting Cancun. It is during
these months that the gentle giants of the ocean prefer the nutrient- filled
waters of the northern areas of Holbox,Isla Contoy and Cabo Catoche,where they
feed and mate.
The whale shark is unique in that its mouth is located at
the front of its head,unlike other shark species. This positioning allows the
whale shark to feed,normally just below the surface,by simply opening its
mouth and scooping up plankton,literally vacuuming food from the water.
Protecting the whale shark has been a priority for Mexican government
agencies throughout the last few years,making certain the magnificent animals
are not harmed and ensuring that they continue to migrate to the area. Local
guides have been provided with additional training in developing and executing
tours that are safe for the whale sharks and tourists alike. In addition,strict
rules have been implemented against scuba equipment being used to view the