20 me­tres

Asian Diver (English) - - Shark -

Av­er­age size Typ­i­cally seen off­shore, they have been found closer to land, en­ter­ing la­goons, coral atolls and river mouths. This species is ca­pa­ble of div­ing to depths of at least 1286 me­tres, though they are most of­ten seen at the sur­face. Sea­sonal ag­gre­ga­tions oc­cur at sev­eral coastal sites, where hun­dreds of in­di­vid­u­als gather to take ad­van­tage of a re­li­able food source De­spite its im­mense size, the whale shark poses no threat to hu­mans. En­coun­ters are pos­si­ble while scuba div­ing, but the best way to swim with these gen­tle gi­ants is to snorkel with them at the sur­face.

One of the best places to do this is in

Isla Mu­jeres, Mex­ico, where hun­dreds of in­di­vid­u­als gather sea­son­ally to feed on spawn­ing bonito eggs. Other fa­mous ag­gre­ga­tions oc­cur in Aus­tralia, the Philip­pines and the Mal­dives

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