Whale Shark Season Quintana Roo

Whale Shark Season Begins in Quintana Roo

May – September is the time to see Whale Sharks

Whale Shark Season Begins in Quintana Roo
Photo courtesy of Pelagic Visions – Blue H2o Cozumel

Whale Shark migration season officially started on May 15th in Quintana Roo and the Yucatan Peninsula.  Whale Sharks, (or Rhincodon typus as they are known in Latin), typically arrive at the areas near Holbox and Isla Mujeres from May – September every year to feed off the plankton-rich waters.  These beautiful creatures are considered an endangered migratory species, and are thusly protected by strict regulations that allow low-impact tourism only.  While visitors can watch and swim with the fish, it’s an extremely regulated and protected activity.

Representatives from area tourism agencies are estimating that up to 400 whale sharks will visit the Yucatan Peninsula, and 200 of these will be around Contoy and Holbox Islands.  Generally speaking,  whale sharks are plankton feeders which can be found near the surface of the water during the morning hours.  They are also known to eat krill, and mirco-algae.
Although Cozumel is not fortunate enough to host these wondrous animals, who can reach 14M/46 FT in length, the island is close enough to make a day trip to Isla Mujeres, Isla Controy or Holbox.  Whale Shark season runs until September.  Even if you’re only on the island for a few days during this time of year, consider making the once-in-a-lifetime journey.


Comienza en Quintana Roo la temporada de tiburón ballena

La época para ver tiburones ballena corre de Mayo a Septiembre…


La temporada oficial de la migración del tiburón ballena comenzó oficialmente el 15 de mayo en Quintana Roo y la Península de Yucatán. Los tiburones ballena (o Rhincodon typus, por su nombre en latín) por lo general llegan al área de Holbox e Isla Mujeres entre Mayo y Septiembre, todos los años, para alimentarse en las aguas ricas en plancton. Estas bellas creaturas están consideradas como especie migratoria en peligro de extinción y por ello está protegida por normas estrictas que sólo permiten turismo de bajo impacto. En tanto los visitantes pueden observar y nadar con estos peces, es una actividad extremadamente regulada y protegida.

Representantes de agencias turísticas estiman que hasta 400 tiburones ballena visitarán la península de Yucatán y que 200 de ellos se encontraran en las islas aledañas de Contoy y Holbox. En términos generales, los tiburones ballena se alimentan de plancton y es posible verlos cerca de la superficie del mar durante las mañanas. Se sabe que también se alimentan de kril y micro algas.

No obstante que Cozumel no tiene la fortuna de contar con la presencia de estos admirables animales que pueden alcanzar hasta 14 mts./46 pies de largo, la Isla se encuentra suficientemente cerca para hacer el viaje de un día a Isla Mujeres, Isla Contoy o Holbox.  La temporada sigue hasta Septiembre. Aunque usted sea la única persona en la Isla, durante unos días en esta época del año, considere hacer este viaje de su vida.



Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
Laura Wilkinson is the Editor for Cozumel 4 You. An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 15 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weekly Cozumel 4 You news, promotional articles about the island, and her very own blog, which she finds hilarious. Her long suffering husband, the Fabster, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.

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