First, let me concede that the link between Green Turtle Cay and the video below is tenuous at best. Cancun and the Bahamas both skirt the Gulf of Mexico. And there are whale sharks in both regions. That’s all I’ve got. Still, this video is too cool not to share.

Earlier this month, our friends Winston and Jen took their daughters to Cancun, where they had the opportunity to swim with whale sharks. Afterward, their oldest daughter, 9-year-old Rebecca, used Winston’s GoPro footage to create this amazing five-minute video about her experience.

This video impresses me for several reasons, not the least is how calm Winston remains while watching his 55-pound daughter swim within arm’s reach of a 45,000-pound whale shark. I love how fearless Winston and Jen’s girls are, and what a terrific job Rebecca does at both documenting her experience and educating us about whale sharks. (I must admit, I didn’t know much about them before this video.)

Winston says Rebecca wants lots of kids to see this video, so please do share it with the young (and young-at-heart) folks in your life.

Congratulations, Rebecca, on a job well done!

2 thoughts on “Swimming With Whale Sharks

  • August 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Amanda – THANK YOU and your friends for sharing! This is an amazing video. I am so envious of Rebecca’s, and the whole family’s, amazing experience. At 9 I was a true water baby with strong swimming skills and no fear. I would have been right there in the water the Rebecca, totally absorbed and completely fearless. And, like you, I learned from her. I’ve never known whether a whale shark was truly a shark or a whale or neither. The gills definitely look like a shark but, the mouth is much more baleen whale, lacking the heart-attack level, breathtaking, fear inspiring. intimidating and threatening multiple rows of long, sharp teeth of a shark. Now I know a whale shark is a non-mammalian fish (ruling out whale) and the largest one in the ocean at that!

  • August 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks Mandy –

    See my comments on the LHBTF website.

    BTW – any chance you, Tom and Wrigley will be on the rock for Festival next May? There’s going to be a bunch of us you know, at least from the Forum, there! It would be a true delight and pleasure to connect with you 3 again.



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