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

  • Donsol Attracts The Philippines Largest Whale Sharks

    Donsol Attracts The Philippines Largest Whale Sharks

    A new scientific study by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines and Large Marine Vertebrate Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE) has revealed that whale sharks in Donsol, Philippines are uncharacteristically larger than those found elsewhere in the Philippines. The study, which describes the population dynamics and strong site fidelity of adult whale sharks to the coastal waters of Donsol, has been published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science and represents the longest dataset on whale sharks in the country.

    Up until the late 90s, targeted whale shark fisheries existe ...

  • Satellite Tracking Reveals Philippine Waters Are Important For Endangered Whale Sharks

    Satellite Tracking Reveals Philippine Waters Are Important For Endangered Whale Sharks

    The Philippines is an important hotspot for whale sharks and globally hosts the third largest known population of whale sharks. While the species has been protected in the Philippines since 1998, globally the species was uplisted in 2016 to 'endangered to extinction' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species due to a population decline of more than 50%, largely caused by continued exploitation in the Indo-Pacific. Particularly in South East Asia, concerns remain due to continued fishing in regional waters; understanding the movements of whale sharks in the Philippines is vital if we are to id ...

  • LAMAVE Re-joins the Sirens Fleet for a Special liveaboard trip this January  2019.

    LAMAVE Re-joins the Sirens Fleet for a Special liveaboard trip this January 2019.

    LAMAVE will once again board the Philippine Siren for a special liveaboard trip around the Visayas in the Philippines. The trip which will run between the 9-19 of January 2019 will take divers to some of the best sites in the Philippines while also offering guests the opportunity to assist LAMAVEs research on whale sharks, manta rays and turtles.

    On board will be LAMAVE Executive Director Gonzalo Araujo who has been working in the Philippines since 2011. Gonzalo supervises LAMAVE national strategy on whale shark research and conservation across different sites in the Philippines. The Philip ...

  • Whale Shark Spotted In Boracay Waters

    Whale Shark Spotted In Boracay Waters

    A whale shark was spotted in the waters of Boracay island, Saturday.

    According to Joy Ferolino, a tour guide and a local in the area, although rare whale sharks are not an unusual visitor, their visits have not been frequent due to watersports activities in the area.

    The sighting came two months into Boracay's six-month closure to tourists, meant to give way to rehabilitation of the popular beach destination.

    The whale shark population has declined globally. It is among the endangered species under the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

  • Mga Butanding Sa Sorsogon Dinarayo Ng Mga Turista

    Dinarayo ng mga turista ang Donsol, Sorsogon lalo na tuwing Mayo hanggang Disyembre dahil sa panahong ito, madalas daw nakikita ang mga whale shark o butanding. Ang nakamamanghang hayop na ito, tunghayan natin sa video ng 'Front Row.'

  • Atom Araullo Up Close With King Of The Ocean

    Atom Araullo Up Close With King Of The Ocean

    Award-winning broadcast journalist Atom Araullo dives into the waters of Cebu, Sorsogon, and Camarines Norte to get up close with the "King of the Ocean" in today's episode of The Atom Araullo Specials.

    Known as the ocean's top predator, sharks are the undisputed ruler of the seas. With over 200 species, the Philippines has one of the largest populations of sharks in the world putting the country fourth in the list of Global Shark Biodiversity in the world, and second in Southeast Asia.

    Some sustain a living and other places rake in a fortune by becoming popular tourist destinations beca ...