Isla Mujeres and Cenotes, Mexico Whale Sharks – Steve Eilenberg and Marie Tartar

 

Huge mouth of a whaleshark gulps mass quantities of ocean waterOur first attempt with whale sharks was many years ago in the Sea of Cortex. We spent three days searching at sea, at the unkind mercy of luck and a hired spotter plane. On our last day, we swam for 2 hours with one indifferent 40′ long specimen. Exhausted by the swimming, with chaffed armpits we left with a sense of awe and not one really good photograph. While this whet our appetite, it did not make me lust for a second trip of this type. Years later, we received a home exchange offer from Isla Mujeres, Mexico and Marie remembered that this was ground zero for these hungry behemoths.

The best description we’ve heard of this phenomenon: “Imagine walking through a parking lot, filled with school buses, all with their hoods open, coming at you from any and all directions”. This was a bit of an understatement. Look on…

-Steve

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  • Isla Mujeres, at the ferry dock
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