For People and Nature - World Park Congress
Whale shark (Rhincodon typus)
CONSERVATION FROM A NUMBER OF ANGLES
WWF is working to protect the Mesoamerican Reef in a number of ways and with a variety of partners. In Mexico, WWF organized the first certification and accreditation course for whale shark tour guides. The course, attended by fishers and private tourism agencies, resulted in the development of an official government guideline for people swimming near whale sharks. Rules for minimizing disturbance to this docile fish, the biggest in the world, include no SCUBA diving, only two people swimming at the same time, and keeping a distance of 8 metres.