Exploring the Whale Shark Range Map
Whale Sharks are widely known as the “gentle giants” of the sea. They are slow moving and can travel up to 7,000 km in its migratory range.
As you look at the above Whale Shark Range Map, you will notice that Whale Sharks stick to tropical oceans with warm temperatures. They very rarely travel into waters below 21 degrees Celcius. This means they can often be encountered in countries like Mexico, Ecuador, Mozambique, Tanzania, Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and others.
Whale Sharks are filter feeders and feed primarily on plankton. They do have teeth, but the use of them is unknown since they do not chew their food.
Wondering where are the best places to see Whale Sharks in the wild?
One of the most accessible places for North American travelers to see Whale Sharks in the wild is in Mexico. Off of the coast of Playa del Carmen is Isla Holbox, which is a very popular destination. It is also possible to see Whale Sharks in Baja California Sur.
Other destinations include:
- Utila, Honduras
- Gladden Spit, Belize
- Galapagos Islands
Looking for a responsible tour operator who offers Swimming with Whale Sharks tours? Check out Natural Habitat Adventures’ 6-Day Tour which includes Isla Holbox!
Short on time? Add this Day Tour with RED Travel Mexico to your next vacation to Baja California Sur!