The region of the Ningaloo Reef, including the town of Exmouth, is known as one of the most beautiful parts of Australia. Many people love to visit for an exotic adventure holiday, and the popularity of the area is only growing.
This is because Exmouth, and the region surrounding it, boasts a wealth of delightful activities that are fun for all the family, including snorkelling and scuba diving. However, perhaps the most exciting activity you can do in Exmouth is a whale shark interaction tour.
One reason the region has proven itself so popular with tourists is the amazing wealth of wildlife. The animals of the region include manta rays, sea turtles, and all manner of tropical fish. However, the mightiest creature that visits the Ningaloo Reef is the whale shark.
Every year, from March to July, whale sharks descend upon the area surrounding Exmouth in droves. They’re attracted to the area by the waters, which boast plenty of nutrients that are perfect for maintaining the health of wellbeing of this magnificent creature, the biggest fish on earth.
There are plenty of reasons to swim with whale sharks, too many to list, but we’ll break down the best ones here:
1. You Don’t Just Get to See Them… You Get to Swim with Them!
A whale shark interaction tour doesn’t involve sitting on a boat and getting your binoculars out to strain to see an animal. Oh no – prepare to swim alongside them!
A tour like this offers you the best way to see this magnificent animal in its natural habitat, so you can marvel at the way it glides through the water. This is one of the best ways to experience the animal, up close and in the water with it.
2. There’re Plenty of Whale Sharks to See
Each year during whale shark season, as many as 4,000 whale sharks congregate in the area surrounding Exmouth, spanning the Ningaloo Reef.
The whale sharks are attracted to the region because of the temperate climate of the waters, and because of how dense these waters are in minerals! The great health of the marine life in the region means there’s plenty of plankton and little fish the whale sharks can munch on from March through July.
A visit to Exmouth during shark season means plenty of whale sharks and plenty of opportunities to see them.
3. They’re the Biggest Fish on Earth!
Whale sharks grow up to a maximum of 40 feet, making them the largest fish in the world. A whale shark interaction tour allows you the opportunity to swim a hair’s breath away from this unique and impressive animal.
The size of the whale shark may seem a little scary, but there’s truly nothing scary about them at all…
4. Whale Sharks Are Harmless
Some people may read the word ‘shark’ and think ‘I’m not swimming with sharks!’ But actually, the whale shark is a gentle giant.
Whale sharks live off a diet of plankton and very tiny fish, and although they have a huge mouth, they couldn’t accidentally swallow a human; their oesophagus is no bigger than a coin.
5. Whale Sharks Are an Endangered Species
Whale sharks were unfortunately declared endangered in 2016, gaining a place on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List for species close to extinction. This is a devastating blow to the earth’s ecosystem, caused by increased levels of pollution and over fishing.
The whale shark population is in swift decline, meaning that now more than ever before is the time to witness these magnificent animals in all their glory.
6. If You Don’t See A Shark… You Get to Try Again!
Some people are worried about splurging out on a whale shark interaction tour, but not actually seeing a whale shark. However, with a Ningaloo Whale Shark n Dive tour, you don’t have to worry.
It’s highly unlikely you won’t see a whale shark on a tour, but just in case you don’t, you’ll be offered another opportunity to swim with a whale shark, at a time that’s suitable for you. So, you won’t get to miss out on swimming with this wonderful creature!