Shark snorkel adventure
We guarantee that you will have the opportunity to swim or snorkel
with a whale shark
Subclass: Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays)
Order: Selachii (sharks)
Suborder: Galeoidei (typical sharks)
Family: Rhincodontidae (whale shark)
They are a member of
the shark family and as such have no "real" bones, but
only cartilage.These fish are live bearers. The eggs develop and
hatch in the uterus. Several hundred babies are born live.
Length up to 40 or
Weight up to 20 tons.
Food- - They are plankton
filter feeders. They do not eat large fish or other large animals.
They swim through the water at about 2 to 3 knots constantly
filtering plankton, fish eggs, shrimp and small sardine-like fish
from the water.
Do whale sharks have
teeth? You may read that they dont have teeth. They filter
plankton from the water using gill rakers. But they do in fact have
teeth. The teeth are extremely small, have moved to the inside of
the sharks mouth and probably dont have much of a practical
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Jones Adventures, the only tour operator anywhere in the world today
who offers a money
back guarantee that you
will experience an encounter with one or more whale sharks.
Every week someone contacts us and tells of an expensive and frustrating
trip to Roatan or to Belize, where they went to swim with whale sharks,
but never even saw one.
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Join us for an exciting trip to
experience the wonder of swimming with the worlds largest shark.
Our whale shark trips are scheduled to two different locations in
Mexico this year.
The first location is in the Philippine
Islands in the bay of the small village of Donsol.
Keith rates Donsol as the #1 location anywhere in the world for
whale sharks. Join him for an exciting water oriented vacation
The second whale shark location
is Holbox Island
off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula near Cancun and Cozumel.
Just 24 miles long and 1 1/2 miles wide this is a tropical island
fantasy. The island has terrific snorkeling, beautiful white
sand beaches and not a single car to pollute the ambience.
We have no tours going to Holbox this year.
The third whale shark trip location
is to the Sea of Cortez
(Gulf of California), Baja, Mexico. We will snorkel with whale
sharks in the warm water surrounded by rugged mountains and desert
islands. A remote and relatively undeveloped location.
Yet, just a quick 8 hour drive time from the border at San Diego.
We have one trip only to the Sea of Cortez this year. Please
email us for the specific date in August.
There are only
a few locations in the world where Whale Sharks are known to
return reliably each year. We travel regularly to 3 of the
top 4 locations. The 4th location is in Australia, the Great
of Cortez, Bahia de Los Angeles,
Baja Peninsula, this trip can take place anytime in August
or early September. This year no scheduled tour, but we will
do a custom tour for a party of 4 or more. price is $1,695
If you are really interested
in this trip or in whale sharks, email
currently schedule whale shark trips as clients request them. You
can choose a private group trip or a open group trip, where other
small groups will join your group to keep the costs lower. If you
are interested in going on a whale shark trip with us, please contact
us so we can discuss a schedule that will work.
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Islands whale shark tour
Bahia de Los Angeles whale sharks
in the Philippines Islands, with more than 7,000 islands making
up the nation, many dialogs have developed on the various islands
and island groups. Almost all the people you meet will speak
and understand English.
the Philippine Islands:
Keith rates this
trip as the best whale shark trip on our schedule. Great white
sand beaches. Snorkel with whale sharks just a short boat
ride from the dock. Friendly people and a new tourist industry
combine to make this a terrific vacation. After snorkeling
with the whale sharks we then move on to a great area for reef snorkeling
and diving. Scuba or snorkel you will love the area around
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the increased interest by tourists, some governments have begun
regulating access to or have drafted guidelines for correct observation.
At the Ningaloo Reef in Australia there is now a minimum 3 meter
distance that must be maintained by divers and snorkelers. In the
Phillipines no touching of the whale sharks is allowed. At
Baja Jones we believe that wildlife tourism is always preferable
to hunting the animal. There are certainly times and cases where
tourism alters the behavior of wild animals. That by itself is not
necessarily harmful to the individual animals nor to the species.
The life cycle of Whale sharks is an unknown at this point in time.
Very little is known about them. We do know that they migrate, following
the seasons of the ocean as plankton, fish spawing and other food
sources increases in various areas of the world. There is some fear
that increased viewing pressure by tourists may cause the animals
to move to other locations.
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is a species that until recently was largely ignored by the scientific
community. Little research has been carried out. With the recent increase
in interaction between whale sharks and dive or snorkel tourists,
especially in Australia, scientists have begun to find that there
is grant money available to allow them to study the whale sharks in
greater detail. Whale sharks are considered a threatened species.
In some areas of the world they are protected from fishing, but in
many other locations they are still hunted. Whale shark meat is eaten
throughout Asia. The meat is the most expensive of the all the sharks.
Shark fins from a whale shark are said to fetch as much as $400 or
$500 in Taiwan.
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