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

  • 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 ...

  • Whale Sharks In Albay Gulf Attract Visitors

    The giant marine mammal whale sharks, locally known as "butanding", are now being sighted at the Albay Gulf or off the shorelines here, as they start to attract domestic and foreign visitors at the eight-kilometer Legazpi City Boulevard, stretching from the coastlines of three barangays.

    With this development, Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal has ordered a stop to the passage of motorized sea vessels near the shorelines so that the whale sharks would not be disturbed.

    "We already instructed our seaborne patrol to guard areas with sightings of Butanding to make sure that they are not disturb ...

  • Philippines Sees Value In Conserving Sharks And Rays

    Philippines Sees Value In Conserving Sharks And Rays

    Located at the tip of the Coral Triangle in the western Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is home to more than 200 species of sharks and rays, and declines in their numbers could have negative impacts on marine ecosystems.

    It could also affect the economy: Shark and ray dive tourism helps boost local communities throughout the country, with visitors coming from around the world to see whale sharks in Donsol, whitetip reef sharks in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, and thresher sharks in Malapascua.

    The Philippines government knows the value in protecting sharks a ...

  • Whale Sharks Return To Masbate, Sorsogon

    Whale Sharks Return To Masbate, Sorsogon

    Whale sharks, locally known as butanding, have been sighted again in the waters off Masbate and Sorsogon, an official of the Department of Tourism (DOT) said yesterday.

    Benjamin Santiago, DOT-Bicol director, said divers have confirmed the presence of whale sharks in Ticao pass and Donsol Bay since three weeks ago.

    "This is a new development because in the past years, whale sharks were sighted only in Donsol... only a few were seen in Ticao. Now these giant mammals have been sighted in big numbers between Ticao and Donsol waters," Santiago told The STAR.

    Whale sharks usually appear in ...

  • Chasing Whale Sharks In Pintuyan Southern Leyte - Iho-Tiki At Their Natural Habitat

    Chasing Whale Sharks In Pintuyan Southern Leyte - Iho-Tiki At Their Natural Habitat

    Ive heard of the whale sharks in Pintuyan, Southern Leyte (my home province) for a quite some time already. Heck, I even heard of dolphins. I was intrigued with the whale sharks (locally known as iho-tiki) but never really have the plan of going there since I heard that theyre not always there (unlike Oslob). Speaking of Oslob whale sharks, I have never really had the drive to swim with the gentle giants there. Why? Apart from the staggering fee, these whale sharks have been too dependent on the krills being fed by the fishermen in Oslob. Theyre not in their natural habitat or not in their nat ...