There’s nothing like diving and snorkeling alongside whale sharks, the world’s largest fish. Despite their size–they can reach lengths of 40 feet or more and weigh up to 20 tons–they’re gentle, curious creatures.

Whale sharks are slow swimmers that stay close to the water’s surface; they’re also easy to approach, which makes them great diving and swimming companions.

They migrate through Belize’s waters–usually near Placencia–between the months of March and June. Look for them around the time of a full moon, when they come to feed on spawning fish. Incredible animals that my live for up to 100 years, whale sharks come in funky patterns and a multitude of colors, which makes them even more exciting to spot.

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