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

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  • Where To Dive Ethically With Whale Sharks In The Philippines

    Where To Dive Ethically With Whale Sharks In The Philippines

    Swim alongside the gentle ocean giants at these three destinations in the archipelago.

    According to Wildbook for Whale Sharks an online photo identification library that collates whale-shark sighting data the 1,000th whale shark has recently been identified in Philippine waters. This means that the Philippines is home to the third-largest known aggregation of whale sharks in the world!

    With this amazing piece of news in mind, its to be expected that people from all around the world would want to flock to the Philippines to get up close and personal (responsibly, of course) with the large ...

  • 3 Best Places For Whale Shark Watching In The Philippines

    3 Best Places For Whale Shark Watching In The Philippines

    Although half of its name suggests terror, the whale shark is a harmless gentle giant swimming in the tropical seas. As the worlds largest fish, they sure eat a lot. But one thing we can tell you is that humans are not a part of their menu.

    Whale sharks are very charming and lovable swimming creatures in the ocean. Seeing them up close and swimming with them is an experience that is worth chasing. In a tropical country blessed with rich marine life like the Philippines, it is not difficult to find that opportunity.

    If you want to experience the magic of watching a free-swimming whale sha ...

  • PH Calls For Protection Of 5 Endangered Wildlife Species

    PH Calls For Protection Of 5 Endangered Wildlife Species

    The Philippines has proposed the urgent protection of five migratory wildlife species, including the whale shark, locally called butanding, under a global treaty that addresses various threats to migratory species.

    Five species were proposed by the Philippines for urgent protection, namely whale shark (Rhincodon typus), black noddy (Anousminutus), white-spotted wedgefish (Rhynchobatusaustraliae), Christmas frigatebird (Fregataandrewsi), and yellow bunting (Emberizasulphuratain).

    At the 12th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP12) slated in the Philippines on October 23-28, signatori ...

  • Charmed On Islands Spellbound In Water

    Charmed On Islands Spellbound In Water

    Bohols charm lies in its culture, heritage and rich natural resources. Attractions are aplenty that visitors will need days to fully appreciate how this province in Central Visayas has been blessed with unique spots and warm people.

    But a sampling of Bohols best can be packed in 48 hours.

    For two days, tourists can visit the Chocolate Hills, interact with a tarsier, experience calm in a manmade forest, forget time while frolicking on the islands white sand beaches, and more.

    There are two ways to explore Bohol hire a van or go around the island on a motorcycle. But whichever way one c ...

  • Summer Vlog Day 3 Bicol 2017, Butanding Watching In Sorsogon

    Hi, I know I say this a lot but I worked hard editing this video and I enjoyed so much!! I hope you love it and I hope you enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed being in Sorsogon!! Thanks for watching, I love you! Feel free to comment down below if you have suggestions, questions or anything else to say!! I'd love to talk to you!

  • Best Of The Philippines Whale Shark Watching In Donsol

    Best Of The Philippines Whale Shark Watching In Donsol

    Swimming with whale sharks tops most bucket lists. There are only a few destinations around the world that offer this one-of-a-kind experience, though, and the Philippines happens to be one of the places in Asia that does, specifically Donsol.

    Donsol is a premier tourist destination and should not be passed up when you explore the beautiful islands of the Philippines. What's particularly special about Donsol is that it offers you the RIGHT way to swim with the whale sharks (or butanding, as they are called locally).

    Unlike in Oslob, Cebu where the whale sharks are fed and stay in a defi ...