Whale Shark Snorkeling
Whale Shark Snorkeling
SWIM WITH THE LARGEST FISH ON THE PLANET
South Ari Atoll is a unique spot, sporting some of the highest wild encounters of whale sharks in the world! On a clear and calm day, it’s not uncommon to spot multiple whale sharks.
With snorkeling gear, you’ll be able to swim alongside these giants with ease.
FIVE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT WHALE SHARKS
WHALE SHARKS ARE NOT WHALES, THEY ARE SHARKS
Although these huge sea creatures are called ‘whale sharks’, they are not actually whales, but filter-feeding sharks, often referred to as “gentle giants”. They are also the world’s largest fish, growing up to 12 metres long.
EATING IS A LOT OF WORK
Whale sharks are filter feeders and can neither bite nor chew. They can process more than 6,000 litres of water an hour through their gills. Although its mouth can stretch to four feet wide, a whale shark’s teeth are so tiny that they can only eat small shrimp, fish and plankton by using their gill rakers as a suction filter.
THEY CAN GROW VERY OLD
It’s thought that less than 10% of whale sharks born survive to adulthood, but those that do may live to 150.
THEY’RE SLOW SWIMMERS AND MIGRATE A LONG WAY
Whale sharks can be found in all temperate and tropical oceans. They can migrate thousands of miles to different feeding grounds, but only at a slow swimming speed of around 3 miles per hour.
Don’t you worry though! They have been residing around Dhigurah for years and can be spotted all year round!
ALONG WITH OTHER SHARKS, THEY’RE UNDER THREAT
Many sharks are accidentally caught in fishing gear, as well as caught deliberately for their fins, which are a delicacy in Asia.
Their ocean home is also in danger. From climate change warming the water – affecting both habitats, prey and shark population shifts – to plastic pollution, which could cause entanglement or be ingested, especially by filter feeders.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely not! We operate our excursions on a flexible schedule. our excursion crew, led by our excursion guide Fauzan, will be happy to assist you on the spot.
We usually operate one excursion a day. However should you be interested in a private excursion, do not hesitate to contact our Front Office Team. They will be happy to assist.
Our excursions are usually for half a day. We depart early in the morning to be back on time for lunch at Hermit’s.