Eagle rays season happens in Mexico only during the winter, especially in the waters surrounding Cancun and Cozumel. And it is a unique spectacle you vannot miss during your vacations!
When can I see an Eagle ray on my Cancun dive?
Eagle rays are found in this area during winter months, in January they migrate to our warm waters and we often see 20 to 25 Eagle rays at a time on our Cancun Wreck Dive. Their coloring and markings make them distinguishable between other rays found on your Cancun or Cozumel dive. Manta rays for example are usually a lot bigger whereas the Eagle ray is smaller with spotted markings and a long thin tail. Even with a sting on its tail, Eagle rays are only aggressive when threatened.
The migration of the Eagle Ray
Eagle rays migrate in flocks of 500 in a clockwise direction from Florida through the Yucatan Peninsula. They generally swim in open water over long distances. Studies show that Eagle rays frequently return to the same areas which is great if you want to plan your Cancun dive vacation around some great once in a lifetime experiences.
Eagle Rays appear to be flying as they cruise through the water
These graceful creatures appear to have wings and they swim with either a flapping movement or weaving through the water waving their fins gently. They can swim pretty fast and even jump out of the water. Eagle rays feed on shrimps, crabs and crustaceans; the hard shells posing no problem for their chevron shaped tooth structure.
Eagle rays love coral reef and shallow areas.
That is why it is common to see them in and around Cancun. Whether snorkeling or diving you have a great chance to see them during your Cancun excursion so it is a good idea to have a camera to hand. Rays even have their own hand signal in scuba diving so make sure you pay attention in your Discover Scuba class, learning to dive in Cancun will ensure you see the most amazing underwater sites and your Aquaworld instructor will be on hand to point out the awesome sea life.