Marine life in Holbox Island is as diverse as it is abundant. Throughout several seasons of the year magnificent species come and pay the islanders a visit in the seek of food, or a place to mate or lay their eggs. The Mighty Whale Shark can be spotted from June to september when there is a high concentration plankton and algae in the area.
Plankton and Algae are bottom of the oceanlife food chain along with other micro these elements feed other organisms and sea creatures like the coral reefs and the Mighty Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus); During the summer and along with the Whale Shark it is likely that you will see the Giant Manta Ray (Manta birostris) whose extended fins can measure up to 18 ft from tip to tip.
These Gentle Giants both the Manta Ray and the Whale Shark feed upon filtering the bigger algae and plankton particles from the surface. Show your good manners to them by not disturbing them during your discovery tour. Remember that touching the Whale Shark is forbidden and you will be fined by the local authorities if caught doing so.
During the summer the Hawksbill Turtle finds its way to the shores of Holbox Island to lay its eggs. Biologists from the National Comission for Nature Reserves Protection (CONANP) state that Holbox Island is the only place in Mexico where the Hawksbill Turtle lays its eggs. This is an importatnt species of sea turtles since it maintains the balance and health of the coral reefs by feeding on the sponge that prevents corals from growing .
The Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is one of the most vulnerable turtle species in the world and is critically endangered due to the impact of the many changes that have been made to their natural habitats.
The Mexican Government has issued and enforced a series of laws to protect all of the species that live in national territory.
If you travel to Holbox Island in the summer a small Dolphin community will joyfully welcome you during your ferry trip from Chiquila Port to Holbox Island as you cross the shallow waters of the Yalahau Lagoon, They are used to seeing boats and like to come near to say hello by jumping aside. Dolphins are born in the summer and meet them.
In this beautiful Island, Marine Wildlife is still abundant and diverse, Whale Sharks, Giant Manta Rays, Diablo Sting rays, Dolphins, Lobsters, Octopuss, Sail Fish, Mackerel, Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, Sea trout, Tarpoon and Barracudas are some of the species you are expected to see in your next visit to Mexico's best kept Treasure and Jewel of the Mexican Caribbean.... Holbox Island.