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SNORKELING IN MEXICO: WHALE SHARKS

FACT: Despite being built as big as a bus, the whale shark also was endowed by Mother Nature with speed. See them in action in La Paz, Mexico.
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BEHIND THE SCENES: Whale Sharks in La Paz, Mexico
By Tara Bradley
Here in the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez, you’ll lose any Jaws-fostered fear of sharks. When the massive fish comes into focus, you hear your breath quicken through your snorkel and feel your adrenaline pumping — whale shark! Luckily for snorkelers, it’s possible to have in-water encounters with Tiburónes ballena on the surface while they feed. A filter feeder, the ocean’s largest fish hungrily inhales clouds of fish eggs, plankton, small fish and squid. But you have nothing to fear: Everything on a whale shark’s menu is so small that you can barely see it, and its tiny rows of teeth play an almost nonexistent role in its feeding.
Boats that operate out of La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur, have guides who are experts at spotting the sharks as they glide just beneath the gleaming surface of the water. Our guide from SunRider Tours is the first to spot the sharks on the horizon.
We slip into the water, and after a rigorous snorkel-swim, we find ourselves in the wake of a feeding frenzy. Just as I settle into lazily floating alongside one of these gentle giants, it gives a flick of its tail and is quickly out of reach, diving down into deeper water.
That’s when the dance begins. We take turns getting our one-on-one time as they appear and disappear. Below, I see one glide up from the depths.
Kicking with all of my might, I finally approach it. Within moments it is gone. Despite being built as big as a bus, the whale shark also was endowed by Mother Nature with speed. By the time we’re back on the boat, we’re breathless — from trying to keep up and from being blown away by the beauty of it all. sunridertours.com
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Sun Rider Tours Suggest; Swim With Sea Lions!

Sun Rider Tours brings you some very interesting point on these wonderful creatures. In their natural habitat, the these sea lions are very sleek animals, faster than any other sea lion or seal. They can reach speeds such as  25 miles (40 kilometers) an hour. Unlike other sea lions, California sea lions do not have lionlike manes.

Normally they live in huge colonies that can be observed together on seaside rocks, and even on man-made structures, for breeding and for birthing. Males are usually seen with large groups of females .

The sea lion’s ancient ancestors, like those of whales and dolphins, lived on land. The modern animal is well adapted to an aquatic environment, with its streamlined body and powerful flippers. California sea lions also boast thick layers of blubber to insulate their bodies from the chill of marine waters.

When diving deep, California sea lions slow their heart rates to allow them to remain underwater for nearly ten minutes before surfacing to breathe. This ability gives them an edge in the pursuit of the fish, squid, and shellfish that make up their primary diet.

Sun Rider Tours strongly suggests not to miss out on experiencing this wonderful experience while you are in Cabo!

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