See Whale Sharks in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

South America

The Galapagos Islands are a bucket list wildlife destination for any animal enthusiast, so it’s no surprise that the waves surrounding these biodiverse islets are also home to whale sharks. Head to the north of the Galapagos Marine Reserve to Darwin island and you’ll be treated to sightings of pregnant females. The mothers-to-be hang out around the Galapagos before heading deeper into the Pacific.

The best times to see whale sharks around the Galapagos are between June and November, when temperatures are cooler and plankton blooms. The plankton attracts a diverse range of marine species, making this place and this time one of the best scuba diving experiences for underwater wildlife watching. Good luck keeping up with their pace, though – the whale sharks here are up to 50 meters long!

The Galapagos Whale Shark project is currently studying the reasons why adult whale sharks choose Wolf Island and Darwin Island (the northernmost islands, where temperatures are slightly warmer), so take a look at the project’s website for up-to-date information.

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