Once again I was lured aboard the Lobo de Mar pirate galleon, this time by tales of immense creatures called whale-sharks that glide through the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Mexico.
With us on this journey was probably the greatest ‘Lobo de Mar’ of them all; Pirate Dani- rumoured to have once sailed the sea with Blackbeard himself. Legend has it when Dani was but a small child he was tossed into the sea during a Mayan sacrificial ceremony and was consequently saved and brought up by a passing pod of whale-sharks.
Over the coming years there became strange tales of a young man astride a majestic albino sea-creature, dressed in armour fashioned from plaited seaweed and conch shells, and was seen to be fighting off giant kraken, pirates and shark hunters alike. Apparently Dani can also speak to all manner of marine life and can command legions of stinging jellyfish to attack on a whim.
Heading out into the deep crystal clear waters off Isla Mujeres,Dani dove into the water to make contact with his blubbery brethren. About an hour later a massive white whale-shark breached the surface with Dani riding majestically upon his back, followed by dozens of other whale sharks and all manner of other sea-fairing creatures as well.
They all formed a circle around the boat and proceeded to perform the ‘Song of the Sea’ which involved inexplicable magical tones blown from the gills of all the creatures in unison.
Unfortunately, the tones were so incredibly high-pitched they were unable to be heard by the human ear, so at the finale we all clapped nonetheless because we didn’t want to hurt their feelings (plus the animals had put a lot of effort into the performance-what with staying above water and holding their breath for so long and such…)
After the amazing performance, Dani and his whale shark friends proceeded to perform amazing stunts, such as back flips, breaching the surface and one particularly intelligent beast was able to roll a massive joint between his fins.
During one amazing stunt, Dani rode a whale shark that breached the surface and sailed five hundred metres into the air, only for the impending splash to sink our boat and left us all floating in the ocean. Luckily the pod came to the rescue and we all climbed aboard a whale each and rode back to Playa del Carmen as the sun was setting. It was an incredible experience to say the least!
If you would also like to swim with the whalesharks and witness Pirate Dani’s magical song of the sea then head to Lobo de Mar Hostel in Playa del Carmen and join in the adventure!
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