Whale Sharks in Belize
In Belize, during the springtime, Whale shark frequently visit a unique area on the reef called Gladden Split.
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In Belize, during the springtime, Whale shark frequently visit a unique area on the reef called Gladden Split. This Area, about 30 miles east of Placencia, is used by over 20 species of Caribbean fish to release their eggs. However, it is the eggs of the Black or Cubera snappers that the whale sharks show up on cue to feed on.
And, although you can find whale sharks all over the world, what makes Gladden Split so unique is that this is the only place where you can dive with whale sharks and encounter huge schools of spawning fish at the same time.
The Whale Shark expeditions in Belize was found by Brian Young Sr (Owner of Seahorse Dive Shop). In the early 1990′s, Brian began to take Guest out to the Gladden Spit, known by local fishermen as a hot spot for sighting whale sharks.
See this majestic animals up close
Brian has many years studying the migration of these whale sharks, and although he does not dive anymore, he still Captains the boat looking for these truly majestic creatures. Even if no whale sharks are seen, the dives at Gladden Split can still be quite a unique experience.
Sometimes we can find ourselves diving in a school of horse-eye or Carville jacks. We are frequently visited by Dolphins that feed on the fishes, as well as other sharks (Caribbean Reef Sharks, Bull Sharks, or Hammerhead Sharks).
When to Come?
The Whale Shark Season in Belize normally begins about 2 days before the full moon up until 10 days after in the months of March, April, May, and June. However, traditionally April and May have been the best months to come and see them.