Whale Shark Diving in Placencia Belize at Gladden Split
In the months of March, April,May, and June when whale sharks are observed at the Gladden Split Area by divers and snorkellers.
This species, despite its enormous size, does not pose any significant danger to humans. It is a frequently cited example when educating the public about the popular misconceptions of all sharks as "man-eaters". They are actually quite gentle and can be playful with divers. Divers and snorkellers can swim with this giant fish without any risk apart from unintentionally being hit by the shark's large tail fin.
The area is used by over 20 species of Caribbean fish to release their eggs. Because of this unique event, the sharks are attracted to the area to feast on these eggs. Brian has over eight years studying the migration and plots dates for each month of the year. These dates change each year and each month we have 10-14 days of very good sightings.
These dives are up to 80 feet in depth and not recommended for divers just learning how to dive.
Even if no whale sharks are spotted, divers will have quality encounters with large schools of fish that are in the area to spawn.
Photograph courtesy Seahorse Dive Shop in Placencia
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