whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is a slow filter feeding shark that
is the largest living fish species.
shark tour regulations:
sharks are curious, relatively slow moving, docile creatures.
At Gladden Spit, also known as The Elbow, they will readily approach
boats, snorkelers and divers if they feel unthreatened. To ensure
that whale sharks are not harmed by tourism or boating activities
we ask you to observe the following guidelines:
sure to get a whale shark interaction briefing from your licensed
- Do not
touch, ride or chase after a whale shark
at least 3m (10ft) away from the shark
- Do not
block the whale sharks path
your tour guide tells you to leave the water, please pay attention
and get in the boat as quickly as you can.
importantly RELAX and let the whale shark approach you, its
Please be considerate...
By adhering to these simple guidelines you will have the best
chance of seeing and interacting with a whale shark.
is possible to spot whale sharks anytime March through
June. Although 3 or 4 days before and after the full
moons in April and May are the best times to interact
with the sharks off Placencia, they are often sighted
through the summer months as well.