JASA-Blue Sphere Media-Wetpixel Mexico Whale Shark Aggregation – 2011

Jim Abernethy and I just wrapped up this years series of whale shark aggregation trips off Isla Mujeres, Mexico. As with they prior two years (see videos), this year was a home run with incredible in-water and topside activity and on peak days, several hundred whale sharks gathered in the space of 1 square km. When we first discovered the aggregation, we could never have guessed how it would transform the the tiny island of Isla Mujeres into the worlds whale shark mecca. Nowhere else can you swim with such huge numbers of whale sharks, in blue water with such a great degree of certainty.

Ocean full of whale sharks

Our guests hailed from all over the world including Hong Kong, France, Europe, Australia and of course the US, among others. Many guests reported this was one of the best experiences of their lives. This year we are also hosted a special WildAid supporter trip that delivered in spades.

The whale shark activity was full on, the Island delightful, the hotel and pool a welcome haven after a long day on the water,and the guacamole, cervezas, and gelato unforgettable.

Douglas Seifert enjoys a gelato after a hard day of whale sharking

Please enjoy this small sample of images from thousands of images taken on our trips.

L-R: WildAid Crew - Shawn, Jeanne, Raymond, Walter, Sharon, Richard Branson, Samantha, Mark, Pete, Keith, Corrie

Dr Robert Hueter - Whale Shark Researcher

Peter Knights - Executive Director WildAid with Whale Shark

Whale Shark eats tourism boat

Briana Rivera with Whale Shark

Briana Rivera with Whale Shark

Richard Branson sharing a whale shark moment (video grab)

Ocean full of whale sharks

Greg, Debbie and David after looking the wrong way!

Corie Knights enjoying a whale shark moment

Mantas and whale sharks feeding frenzy

Whale shark with manta Birostris below

Manta Birostris with whale shark behind

Whale shark taking a BIG gulp

Corie Knights with feeding whale shark

Peter and Corie Knights enjoying a whale shark moment

Whale shark smile

Douglas Seifert drops down to capture silhouette shot

Two whale sharks split as they approach

Stationary whale shark feeds below surface

Huge whale shark rises below the Lilly M

Whale shark in vertical feeding posture

Whale shark refelections

Gordon Klein silhouetted with two whale sharks

Three whale sharks cross while feeding

Whale shark passed by drifting sargassum with colony of minows

Cownose rays glide below whale shark aggregation

Gordon Klein drifts down below whale shark

Danielle Heinrichs photographing whale sharks

Whale shark feeds in glassy calm seas

Whale shark poops

Sailfish dart through whale shark aggregation

Loggerhead turtle drifts below whale sharks

Whale shark filters eggs through its gills

Whale sharks cross while feeding

Danielle Heinrichs enjoying the whale shark action

Left-Right: Greg, Captain Rojelio, Gordon, Shawn, Phil, Debbie, David and 1st Mate Juan

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