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March 3, 2012

Whale Shark Dive Ningaloo Reef

From March to mid July you can do a whale shark dive at Ningaloo Reef Western Australia with 3 Islands Whale Shark Dives. The Whale shark snorkel experience may also involve manta rays, turtles, dolphins, whales and dugongs.
The tour raises awareness of the worldwide need to protect the threatened Whale Shark species. Three Islands Whale Shark Dive is a small, family operated marine eco-adventure tour company located at Exmouth on Western Australia’s Coral Coast and is a certified eco tourism business.

The business has been in operation since 1997 and specialises in the Whale Shark snorkel tours from Mid March until July. The experienced staff at Three Islands Whale Shark Dive enjoy sharing their knowledge of these interesting marine animals with visitors.

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The first whale shark (Rhincodon typus) specimen was discovered off the South African coast in 1828 and prior to the mid-1980’s, there had been less than 350 confirmed reports of whale sharks worldwide.

whale shark australiaWhale sharks are actually fish (so they do not require air like whales) and they obtain oxygen via their gills. This rare and special shark is harmless to humans and is one of only three filter-feeding sharks, the other two being the Basking and Megamouth sharks. The whale shark feeds on minute organisms including krill, crab larvae, jellyfish etc. Whale Sharks have approximately 3000 tiny teeth (each less than 6 millimetres in length) but these teeth are not used while feeding.

Whale Sharks migration patterns are not well understood but they tend to move to locations where seasonal food is known to occur. The annual whale shark aggregation at Ningaloo Marine Park is thought to be associated with a mass coral spawn which occurs around March/April each year. Whale Sharks like warm seas and have been spotted in India, the Maldives, South Africa, Belize, Mexico, the Galapagos Islands, Southeast Asia and Indonesia.

For more info on Ningaloo Reef Whale Shark dives check out the Three Islands Whale Shark Dive website.

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