“The jellyfish, they are new today,” reassured our guide who called himself Gato, or Cat… though it hardly reassured us. After all, knowing they were “new today” wouldn’t have weakened the sting of their tentacles had we not contorted our bodies, ducked our heads and hollowed our torsos. The school of glow-in-the-dark-waters jellyfish reminded me of an exhibit at the local aquarium. But they stood between our swim with the largest shark in the world—over 100 of them, in fact—and the boat where we could rest our tired limbs.
Have you ever been whale watching? Been in awe of the massive creatures alongside your boat? Did you want to jump in?
That’s what it’s like to swim with the whale sharks off the coast of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. It looks a little like this: