Cancun, Q. Roo January 31st, 2011 – From January to June, just south of Isla Mujeres, lies an ecological reserve you’ll witness a rarely known spectacle: massive sightings of Sailfish who take over the warm waters of Cancun.
The Sailfish is one of the fastest growing species in the world (it can reach up to 68 mi/hr) and during these months, the waters of Cancun transform into grand display of the species. The sailfish can also jump up to 6 feet above the water while hunting for other fish and it’s also their way of letting others know that food is near. It expands its dorsal fin as a sign of warning.
A few years ago, the only information we had on this beautiful, metallic blue colored fish was focused on its prestige in sport fishing. But, it was Mexican diver, Alberto Friscione, who was in love with the species and proponed to expose this wonderful fish throughout Mexico.
According to Friscione, the sailfish, a ferocious predator, more than feeding itself, appears as if it’s dancing on water, due to its swift movements and the use of its large bill among pray. By doing so, it creates small groups, driving them to the surface of the water, and eats them.
The spectacle is crowned when the sailfish opens its dorsal fin, known as sail, and changes drastically from an opaque tone to sparkles of silver and blue, a distraction to its prey and announcement to its species, that it’s going to attack to avoid hurting each other.
The dance of the sailfish is one of the many “treasures” found in Cancun and its surrounding areas. The sight is just one of the few pleasures Cancun offers its visitors and ocean enthusiasts during these months, where visitors have the opportunity experience first hand these unique fish.