One of our favourite clients, Angela Schmidt, tells us what its like to swim with the whale sharks.
We wanted to get Angela’s opinion about our Whale Shark Safari and asked her to answer a few questions about her adventure. Angela took the Whale Shark Safari with her mother and good friend Greg, and although Angela’s mother does not dive she was still able to enjoy the experience. It is only possible to snorkel next to the whale sharks, which means our Whale Shark Safari available to everyone, not just divers. The most memorable part of Angela’s trip was, “being able to share the experience with [her] mom”.
One piece of advice Angela would give to others going on the Whale Shark Safari would be to, “bring a dry bag and especially some snacks if you do not eat fish”. Most importantly, Angela says to take “lots of Dramamine!” The boat must travel into the open ocean to find the whale sharks and it is recommended to take medication (Gravol or Dramamine) if you experience motion sickness.
When asked if she would go to see the whale sharks again Angela said, “absolutely, hands down yes.” Cozumel is Angela’s, “favorite location” to dive and she says she enjoys, “being a part of a community of people who are tuned in and care about conservation.” Compared to diving in Cozumel Angela says swimming with the whale sharks is different because, “you are fighting the surface current and the whale sharks swim very fast so you have to hustle to keep up with them”. Although swimming with the whale sharks takes a little extra work, Angela believes it is, “well worth the extra exertion”.
As a passionate environmentalist who loves nature, Angela enjoys scuba diving the most because, “it is one of the few sports where the slowest wins the race. There is so much life on the reef and if you don’t take your time you will never see the little things like nudibranchs and seahorses”. We hope to see Angela again soon in Cozumel and are sending her our best wishes on her next diving adventure!
Article written by: Alex Grgas-Sorge
Want the whole story?
Read Angela’s full interview below
Click here for more info about our Whale Shark Safari
Want more info about diving in Mexico?
Visit us here
Check us out on Facebook
Whale sharks are one of the most spectacular animals in the ocean. Aside from being the largest fish, their docile behavior and migration make them quite interesting to me.
Being able to share the experience with my mom.
She’s a snorkeler and a lover of the ocean. She was trained as a marine biologist actually and she has always inspired my love of water.
I would have taken Dramamine when we arrived in Playa haha
Bring a dry bag and especially some snacks if you do not eat fish. And lots of Dramamine!
Absolutely, hands down yes
Because you are snorkeling the experience is different. You are fighting the surface current and the whale sharks swim very fast so you have to hustle to keep up with them. Well worth the extra exertion though. Additionally, they take you through an underwater sculpture garden which is quite nice for photo opportunities.
Always. It is my favorite location.
There’s an abandoned mine called Bonne Terre in Missouri that I’m dying to dive.
I most enjoy that it is one of the few sports where the slowest wins the race. There is so much life on the reef and if you don’t take your time you will never see the little things like nudibranchs and seahorses. Additionally, I enjoy being a part of a community of people who are tuned in and care about conservation. After dives you chat with other divers about what you saw and tell stories of animal behavior and those of us who come back year after year can tell you the specific changes we have seen in the reef like less and less green moray for example. It’s fascinating and I love that COR is engaging divers in their research. There needs to be more opportunities like that world wide.