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#186017 - 12/28/05 04:18 PM Whale sharks and Placencia
deb1022 Offline
Been some time since I have posted anything here, but check in more than regularly. Coming down in March our third time. Have been curious about seeing whale sharks. We are snorklers and have read some articles about Placencia. Has anyone done this or seen them in Placencia? I have heard you have to be careful when they inhale!!!! Also, is it worth taking a flight over to Placencia while staying in AC even if we don't see the whale sharks? Thanks, Deb

#186018 - 12/28/05 05:28 PM Re: Whale sharks and Placencia
Kra-Z-K Offline
thre is some info, put those words into the search and you'll find some threads.

#186019 - 01/07/06 12:43 AM Re: Whale sharks and Placencia
NewOrleansGial Offline
Hey Deb,

The whalesharks migrate to Gladden Spit (or 'Split' depending on who you talk to!) between March and July or August. And are seen during the full moon when the snapper are spawning!! As snorkelers you will have a very good chance to see them. Whalesharks are very docile and shy. They typically hang out very deep and then swim upward toward the surface feeding on the snapper spawn. Their only interest is in the spawn and very much ignore the human spectators! (unless the humans make that impossible) Their swim is very slow, quiet and methodical. As a diver, you can be deeper than a snorkeler and look one way and maybe miss them. I can say from experience, though, it is an awesome vision!! I will say it is worth the trip to Placencia!!

Hope you have a great time!!

#186020 - 01/07/06 07:14 PM Re: Whale sharks and Placencia
deb1022 Offline
Thanks for the reply, we will be down March 8-15. Just looked at the calender and on March 14 IS a full moon. I have read a few articles about the appearance of the whale sharks at the full moon. I know you never get a guarantee, but interesting enough. I think I read they appear more in April than in March. I'm going to do alittle more investigating. Thanks again. When you went what company did you use while in Placencia?


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