29 Sep '13, 4pm

When Done Right, Whale Shark Tourism Can Benefit You and Sharks

When Done Right, Whale Shark Tourism Can Benefit You and Sharks

The Caribbean Sea was calm as our boatload of snorkelers headed out from Isla Mujeres off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on a hot summer day. The bright turquoise water near the island turned dark as we made our way to the Gulf of Mexico. Our only view on the horizon was Isla Contoy, a bird sanctuary. After about an hour, a small city seemed to appear on the horizon. As we approached, the mirage morphed into a group of boats in a seemingly random spot. Once we got close, we saw the large dorsal fins that attract thousands of people to jump into these cool waters. Our boat stopped on the edge of a swirling mass of giant sharks. My wife and daughter pulled on their snorkels as I readied the camera. As they slipped into the water, an enormous creature slid by the boat. One thought ran through my head: Am I crazy to bring my family to swim with the world’s largest shark? I...

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