Cozumel is a world-renowned diving destination known for its crystal-clear waters, abundant marine life, and stunning coral reefs. It is located off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The eagle ray season, which typically runs from December to March, is one of the highlights of the diving season in Cozumel Marine Park. Eagle rays congregate in large numbers in the shallow waters around the island during this time, making for an unforgettable diving experience.
Eagle rays are magnificent creatures with diamond-shaped bodies and long, whip-like tails. They can reach a length of 10 feet (3 meters) and are known for their graceful, sweeping movements through the water. These rays are common in the waters surrounding Cozumel, but they are particularly abundant during the winter months.
During the eagle ray season, divers visiting Cozumel can expect to see these magnificent creatures in large groups, often swimming in formation or gliding over the reef. They are typically found in shallow water, 30-40 feet (9 to 12 meter) deep, making them easily accessible to divers of all levels. Divers can also expect to see turtles, moray eels, and a variety of colorful fish, in addition to eagle rays.
Dive sites located around the island are the best places to see eagle rays. While diving, look in the blue to see them gliding against the current, or on the sandy areas to see them digging into the sand to find some critters and conch to eat.
While eagle rays are generally harmless to humans, it is important to approach them with caution and keep a safe distance. Divers should avoid touching or disturbing the rays, as this can cause stress and harm.
If you’re planning a trip to Cozumel between December and March, don’t pass up the opportunity to dive with these magnificent creatures. Cozumel is a diver’s paradise, with its stunning marine life, crystal-clear waters, and world-class diving sites.
Bonus video of a couple of eagle rays swimming on the reef:
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