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Swimming with whale sharks in Mexico
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
They may be called whale sharks but there's nothing to fear encountering one of these giant fish in the ocean -- so much so that tourists in northwestern Mexico can swim alongside them on organized tours. "These are tropical animals, very gentle, that you can swim with, and which go along at a maximum eight kilometers (five miles) an hour," explained Fabricio Mujica, who handles these up-close sessions in La Paz Bay, in Mexico's Baja California. Starting in October, when these massive creatures -- Latin name Rhincodon typus -- come close to shore, tourists converge on the area in boats carrying 10 people. read more
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