The Eagle Ray season occurrs in Mexico only during the winter, especially in the waters surrounding Cancun and Cozumel. And it is a unique spectacle you cannot miss during your vacations!
How long is the Eagle Ray season?
When diving in Cancun, you could live one of the most amazing experiences: an intimate encounter with the Eagle Rays. However that is only possible from December to March.
This beautiful spectacle of Eagle Rays is part of their migration and mating season. It takes place in the Cantarel Reef of Cozumel. Privileged for having a bottom covered by algae which makes the landscape look similar to a green prairie.
Visitors can enjoy the beauty of the Eagle Ray season in Cancun and Cozumel through many diving tours Aquaworld offers.
The beauty of Eagle Rays
The eagle rays have a prominent nose to remove sand from the bottom and catch their prey. They feed on crustaceans and mollusks, as well as small fish and invertebrates. They can grow up to 185 centimeters (6 feet) and weight up to 15 kilos (33 pounds).
This species has poisonous thorns on its tail that produce an irritating sting. This attack is a defense mechanism that animals use only when they feel threatened. Also, the Eagle Rays have a lower jaw formed by 7 rows of teeth. But don’t worry, they aren’t aggressive with divers. Nevertheless, one must keep some distance to avoid surprises.
The most representative feature of these creatures is the way they swim which makes them capable of swimming quickly and jump towards the surface. Besides, it makes them look as if they were flying through the ocean which is a stunning view.
They are considered one of the most fascinating species by marine biologists and just like many species of sharks they’re located in secured areas because they’re close to becoming endangered according to the IUCN.
Tours for the Eagle Ray season
Would you like to admire Eagle Rays in Cancun or Cozumel? Do it with the experts! Aquaworld is a marina and PADI dive center with more than 30 years of experience.
With the wreck and reef diving tour you’ll visit the General Anaya, a wrecked ship that was struck by a hurricane in 2005. This allows divers to visit the interior of the ship and appreciate how the marine species have made it their habitat. Since this is a deep dive, you’ll get to see the eagle rays flying above you during the winter.
There’s another tour that will let you see the eagle rays from up close: Diving in Cozumel. Here you’ll dive 26 meters (85 feet) and appreciate the stunning reefs full of life and colors. It is important to know that one must be a certified diver to do this tour. Becoming a certified diver represents a big compromise but it sure is worth it!