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On the trail of whale sharks
Mafia Island lies on the migratory route for whale sharks with October to March being the best time to spot them. For those feeling particularly brave we recommend diving in and going for a swim with the whale sharks on an organised excursion.
Mafia Island is the perfect place to experience and swim with whale sharks in the clear blue water. They tend to accumulate in the channel between Mafia Island and mainland Africa and are often seen feeding on the surface. Organised excursions allows guests to interact with the whale sharks in a safe, relaxed and respectful way.
The whale shark is the world's largest fish, reaching over 20 metres in length. They are fish, not mammals and are extremely docile and do not harm humans. Their main source of food is plankton where they feed by opening their large mouth and collecting the plankton as they swim along.
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