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swim with world's largest fish, the harmless whale shark

Each year between April and July these slow-moving, gentle, filter-feeding giants migrate past the Ningaloo Reef. The world's biggest fish can grow to lengths of 12 metres or more and have a healthy apetite in order to sustain its immense size. Fortunately for most sea-dewellers - and us - they feed primarily on plankton and krill, taking in huge gulps of water and filtering out their microscopic meal. 

 

Whale sharks are found in tropical and warm oceans world-wide, can live to about 70 years and snorkelling alongside their massive 1.5 metre-diameter mouths is one of those once in a lifetime experiences ! Scientists know little about these creatures, but you can tell their identities by looking at their spots, similar to fingerprints in humans. Ningaloo is one of the only places in the world they appear regularly in large numbers, with over 235 individuals recorded. 

 

Sal Salis has partnered with leading local operator, Ocean Eco Adventures, for the up-close-and-personal experience of swimming with the harmless sharks. Ocean Eco has been tagging and photographing whale sharks for the last 20 years, helping scientists learn more about these giants. Some sharks have been identified 17 years after first being seen and photographed !

Your cruise begins at the boat ramp, where you will meet your team and board the "Keshi-Mer". The tour features an exclusive spotter aircraft to search the reef for whale sharks, allowing the boat to move freely and venture to its own areas, focusing on allowing as much time in the water snorkelling with the sharks as possible. You will also have the opportunity to snorkel the Ningaloo Reef at different coral sites with abundant tropical fish life. The crew also search for turtles, dolphins, dugongs, rays and sea birds throughout the day. A delicious gourmet lunch featuring fresh Western Australian produce is provided along with snorkel gear and wetsuits. 

The whale shark swims operate 7 days a week during the whale shark season, with complimentary transfers to the boat ramp on Tuesdays and Fridays. 

 

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef offers Whale Shark Packages during the season which runs from 1 April - 31 July each year. For Whale Shark Packages click here

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