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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  • 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 ...

  • Born To Be Wild: Whale Shark Watching In Donsol Sorsogon

    When Doc Nielsen visited Donsol, Sorsogon, he was able to swim with a whale shark named "P-1184." What's the story behind this whale shark's name? Find out in this video.

  • Whale Shark Encounter In Caluya Antique Philippines

    t is common knowledge with the locals that whale-sharks travel between Sibay and Caluya island going to Panagatan. Retired fishermen tell stories of times when dozens of whale-sharks were swimming in the shallow area between the islands. They seem to especially like feeding in the shallows during full moon. Unfortunately the shallow areas are now exposed to human activity. Nowadays the Butanding (whale-sharks) only show up occasionally during late summer and remain outside the atoll. The locals were very surprised seeing the footage of my encounter. They are very scared of these creatures and ...

  • Chasing Whale Sharks In Pintuyan Southern Leyte

    Chasing Whale Sharks In Pintuyan Southern Leyte

    I almost didnt go to this trip, because of shallow reasons involving money. In case you didnt know, I do not have a job. Not that you care about this, but as an obvious reason, it is an important way to generate money and to make my travel dreams come true (A little bit exaggerated but I know that you get it). Anyway, Im grateful that I have the energy and a boyfriend who supports me in everything I do, and I went anyway.