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September 2013    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 28, No. 9   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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An Alternative Whale Shark Dive

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One of our longtime travel writers also dived with the Yucatan whale sharks in August, and here is her report.

I went with Andy Murch, owner of Big Fish Expeditions ( ), with whom I traveled last year to snorkel with sailfish. I stayed at the Na Balam Hotel on Isla Mujeres ( ). Each morning, my group of eight had the included continental breakfast around 7:15 a.m., then waded out to the boat. About an hour later, we were usually one of the first boats to arrive at our destinations. We spent four days snorkeling with whale sharks, manta rays and a few smaller mobula rays. The first and fourth days were mellow, but days two and three were kick-ass, with four or five whale sharks often in view at the same time, and sharks and rays swimming side by side. I had to continually look in all directions; the whale sharks seemed to enjoy running us over if we weren't paying attention!...

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