Whale Sharks Off Alabama Coast

August 20, 2009
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While many of International Expeditions' guests have joined snorkeling excursions to Belize to swim with whale sharks, the coasts of our home-state of Alabama have reported dozens of whale shark sightings in the past few weeks. Multiple whale sharks have been spotted just off the Alabama Gulf Coast.

"The gigantic fish, perhaps 25 feet long, was seen swimming at the surface, headed north, about five miles off of Orange Beach.

A few days later, a group of scientists searching the same location tagged a whale shark for just the sixth time ever in the northern Gulf.

In other years, scientists said, multiple sightings of whale sharks off Alabama would have been so rare as to be almost unbelievable.

But for the last two weeks, the Alabama coast has been one of the best places in the world to see the ocean's largest fish, with dozens of sightings reported to a whale shark Web site by fishermen, scuba divers and pilots."

Read the complete story from the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register.