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Whale Sharks

Despite their large dimensions, these creatures are harmless to people


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A whale shark weighs about 20 tons, which is 40,000 pounds (18,000 kg). The biggest fish on the planet is also 30 feet (9 m) long. But its diet consists mainly of plankton or small seafood like shrimp. As the name implies, whale sharks have characteristics of both animals. In size, they resemble whales, but unlike whales, they do not need to emerge to the surface to breathe. Their tails, however, are shark-like. Whale sharks also boast unique colors and the ability to filter food through a wide mouth.

Most of the giant fish arrive in La Paz Bay in October and stay there until March or April. But October to February is the season when spotting them is guaranteed. About a hundred whale sharks swim and feed near Cabo San Lucas at that this of the year.

Many companies, such as Cabo Adventures, Cabo Shark Dive, or CaboTrek, organize snorkeling tours where you can get acquainted with these extraordinary sea residents. Such trips are available for everyone who can swim, and is aged ten or above. The excursions are safe for humans and whale sharks alike. The tour usually includes transportation, lunch, and photography.

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