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Whale shark diving Mozambique: breathtaking

The whale shark, the biggest fish

The Whale shark is the biggest fish in the sea and there are only a few whale species larger than it. Thought to reach up to a possible 20 meters and 34 tonnes it seems difficult to believe that Whale sharks feed on microscopic plankton rarely more than 3 mm in size. The combination of its immense size and characteristic checkerboard pattern makes the Whale Shark almost unmistakable and completely unforgettable.

Whale shark diving: breathtaking

Whale shark diving in their natural environment is a breathtaking and rewarding experience. The world’s biggest fish gliding slowly but gracefully past, resplendent in its dappled skin, within touching distance and impassive to the presence of the onlooker. Many thousands of divers seek out this opportunity annually. This species, despite its enormous size, does not pose any significant danger to humans. They are actually quite gentle and can be playful with divers. Divers and snorkelers can swim with this giant fish without any risk apart from unintentionally being struck by the shark's large tail fin.

Code of conduct for Whale shark diving

Whale sharks are passive creatures and can be agitated by aggressive behaviour such as being touched, or chased. It is as much a diver’s responsibility as anyone else’s to ensure the survival of Whale sharks for future generations. This means causing minimal disturbance to the sharks when approaching by boat or when diving. Although Whale sharks are harmless, their sheer size makes it necessary to exercise caution around them, especially at the tail end.

Swimmers and divers

Take note:
  • Do not attempt to touch, ride, or chase a Whale shark
  • Do not restrict normal movement or behaviour of the shark
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 3 metres from the Whale shark
  • Do not undertake flash photography
  • Do not use underwater motorised diver propulsions
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