Swimming with Whale Sharks
The whale shark, the world’s largest fish, is an elusive, highlymigratory oceanic fish that occasionally ventures to a handful ofcoastlines, swimming with one is truly a memorable experience.
Whale shark satellite tagging expeditions take place on Kenya’s beautiful south coast in the months of February to April each year.
The Kenyan coast has in the recent past seen an increase in whale shark population and there is almost guaranteed sightings of these elusive giants.
The whale shark expeditions present an ideal setting for guests to mingle with world renowned scientists and underwater videographers as they go through the rigorous exercise of whale shark tagging.
The tagging exercise is aimed at increasing protection afforded to the biggest fish in the ocean which have been a target globally for their valuable fins and liver.
During this period, the East African Whale Shark Trust organizes daily trips and a spotter plane is often available to assist in locating the whale sharks which can be difficult to spot at times.
Whale sharks are mostly seen on the surface hence divers and snorkelers can swim with this gentle, curious creature while watching the research teams go through the delicate tagging process.
This is truly a memorable experience and helps to support research and conservation.