With an estimated one in a thousand making it to maturity, these little dudes and dudettes of the sea could have turned out to be jerks with a superiority complex after surviving against all odds.
It was amazing that in such a short distance, the water went from thousands of feet deep to less than 10 feet.
As soon as we re-entered Gladden Spit, we spotted a pod of dolphins.
Belizean tour operators have fish tracking systems installed in their boats that search for schools of large fish that frequent Gladden Spit.
The ideal fish they look for is the Cubera Snappers because the whale sharks like to eat their eggs.
We found the snorkeling to be a great way to search for the sharks.
Warren, our adventurous boat captain, was constantly in talks with the other boats, giving the snorkelers a slight advantage over the scuba divers.As Eric put it, “This is the ocean, we never know what we’ll see”.We were reminded that spotting whale sharks in the open ocean is like going on an African safari and spotting a leopard, there’s never a guarantee.Thousands of tiny bubbles float towards the surface, simulating the cloudy spawning process of the snapper.The whale sharks, not being the most intelligent creatures, are tricked into thinking that the bubbles are actually its food source.We immediately jumped into the water and swam with them for a few moments before they got bored and moved on.