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Demand for whale shark tours down as season ends

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Whale shark guides say the demand for tours was down this year as the official season has come to an end.

After four months, whale shark season has come to an end for the 250 registered boats from the north of Quintana Roo. Boats from Isla Mujeres, Holbox and Cancun are granted permits each year to run tours of the large fish that take to the local water each summer.

Port Captain of Isla Mujeres, Ismael Gonzalez Gil says that the whale shark season this year was 112 days, eight days less than normal, due to unfavorable weather.

He says that for 2017, 250 boats were granted permits to enter the waters for the purpose of tours, a figure that is 55 less (boats) than last year.

Ruben Garrido, one of the permit holders for whale shark tours for 2017, said that although they had a pretty steady season in regard to being able to work, the demand for the tours was down this year. He said that they maintained steady prices for the tours, which average $75 USD per person or about 2,000 peso.