Whale Shark

The whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest known extant fish species. In 1998, the Philippines banned all fishing, selling, importing, and exporting of whale sharks for commercial purposes. They are currently listed as a vulnerable species, but continue to be hunted in parts of Asia, such as Taiwan and the Philippines.   More

Whale Shark Rhincodon typus News

  • New Sightings Of Whale Sharks Reported In Sarangani Bay

    New Sightings Of Whale Sharks Reported In Sarangani Bay

    Marine researchers reported on Friday fresh sightings of three to five possible new migrant whale sharks or "butandings" in a portion of Sarangani Bay.

    Dr. Roy Mejorada, marine biologist and in-house veterinarian of the Sarangani Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC), said the whale sharks were spotted by their team off the shores of Barangay Ladol, Alabel town in Sarangani province on Thursday.

    He said the whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) were found in deep portions of the waters adjacent to several fish cages.

    Mejorada, who heads a research tasked to monitor and docu ...

  • Whale Sharks Return To Sarangani Bay

    Whale Sharks Return To Sarangani Bay

    At least 14 whale sharks (Rhincodon typus), or "butanding," have been seen feeding in Sarangani Bay since last month, prompting local and environment officials to appeal to coastal communities to protect these sea creatures.

    Nilo Tamoria, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional director in Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos) said some of the butanding were recently seen feeding in the waters off Barangay Silway during the monitoring that started in late February.


    The Task Force Butanding-GenSan said t ...

  • DENR Pushes Whale Shark Protection In Sarangani Bay

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 12 (DENR-12) is pushing for stringent measures to ensure the protection of at least 16 whale sharks or "butandings" that have been spotted in parts of the Sarangani Bay.

    DENR-12 Director Nilo Tamoria said Monday they are coordinating with various stakeholders for the adoption of proper conservation and protection measures for the whale sharks (Rhincodon typus).

    ?This is an urgent concern because we need to ascertain that these whale sharks should be protected while they are still in our area," Tamoria said.

    Tamoria, who met ...

  • Whale Takes Center Stage At National Museum

    Whale Takes Center Stage At National Museum

    To celebrate World Whale Day, the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Rizal Park, Manila, yesterday unveiled to the public its newest permanent display: the Marinduque Sperm Whale.

    "At the Hyundai Philippines Entrance Hall of the NMNH was the Marinduque Sperm Whale, a 13.25-meter (43.5 feet) long sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) skeleton suspended from the ceiling," the National Museum said in a statement.

    "The story of how the skeleton of the whale came to the National Museum began in 1994, when a report from Porferio de Guzman of Barangay Buangan, Torrijos, Marinduque rega ...

  • The Whale Sharks Of Donsol

    The Whale Sharks Of Donsol

    "When I first arrived in Donsol, the only way to get around was by Carabou!" Elmer Quizon, a whale shark interaction officer exclaimed with a laugh when I asked him if this small town on the southern coast of Luzon was benefiting from tourism.

  • Born To Be Wild: Documenting The Whale Sharks Of Southern Leyte

    Doc Ferds goes to Liloan, Southern Leyte to document the life of the largest fish in the world and observe how they adapt to their environment.