Wildlife Photo Tour Sailfish (10-22 February 2018 )

Join me on a Sailfish Adventure to Mexico.
The sailfish is a remarkable fish. It may be the fastest in the ocean, having been clocked swimming to more than 100 km/hSailfish and sardines are migratory and widely distributed, with populations in multiple oceans. But from January into June, Istiophorus platypterus and Sardinella aurita meet fish to fish in this stretch of sea. For predator and prey the continental shelf here makes ideal habitat. Plankton-rich shallows, nourished by rivers draining the mainland and ocean currents pushing between Cuba and the Yucatán, promise ample food. The sardines, too, work in concert. Detecting each other's proximity and movement, they shift in synchrony, each fish both leader and follower. The fish mass slides like a drop of mercury, mesmerizing, with a shimmer that may help to confuse predators. We go looking for the sailfish in the clear, warm waters off Isla Mujeres, a small island near the Cancun.  Once a traditional Mexican fishing community, Isla Mujeres — “the island of women” —is now a popular destination for travelers who appreciate its easy beachside lifestyle and rustic character. It’s a  perfect place to launch our expedition to observe some of the most exciting animal displays and its feeding behaviors. Frigatebirds hang like arrows  above the sea, dipping down now and then to grab a meal. Sure enough, below the birds a school of sardines hundreds strong moves as one. We are going out with an expert sportfishing captain who knows the game. We'll look for the feeding Frigates sure that we'll find the sardines below the surface and the sailfish hunting. And we have the perfect partner as well — one of the top sportfishing captains sailing the Caribbean, who really knows his game fish. He’s configured his boat to make us swimming with the sailfish. When a dozen or so sailfish get started, they’ll find a school of Brazilian sardines and, working together as a team, they’ll herd the sardines into a bait ball which heads towards the surface. Frigatebirds see this from the sky and go crazy, creating a funnel-cloud formation, which we use for spotting. The frigatebirds feed on the sardines from above, pushing the sardines down, which makes for a tighter and tighter bait ball, and the sailfish swing into action at speeds which will astound you. Now you’ll see what that bill is for — the sailfish use it like a club to stun the sardines so they can pick them off one by one. The whole thing happens very fast, and you’re right in the middle of an exhilarating, whirling cacophony of sights and sounds and sensation.

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