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

  • 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.

  • Butanding Sighting Season On In Sorsogon

    Butanding Sighting Season On In Sorsogon

    The provincial government on Thursday officially declared that the whaleshark or "butanding" sighting season off the coast of Donsol is officially on.

    Sorsogon Governor Bobet Lee-Rodrigueza said that sightings of the human-friendly whale sharks have started for almost a month ago and was observed on a consistent basis since last week.

    "Yes, these friendly whale sharks are spending Yuletide season this year in Sorsogon. As per advise by the local government unit of Donsol, spearheaded by Mayor Josephine Alcantara-Cruz, in partnership with the provincial government, the butanding season is ...

  • Sharks: Going, Going, Gone?

    Sharks: Going, Going, Gone?

    Described as a "highly feared apex predator of the sea," sharks have been on this planet for some 400 million years. They possess replaceable razor-sharp teeth that grow in tens of thousands over a lifetime. Purely designed for killing and eating.

    Sharks help maintain the delicate balance of marine ecosystems. "They are top predators," says Dr. Arnel "AA" Yaptinchay, founder and director of Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines.

    "Sharks maintain healthy ecosystems by keeping fish populations in check. They remove weak individuals, keeping fish stocks robust," he adds.

    Extinction lo ...

  • Research, Conservation Groups Track Whale Sharks Movement

    Satellite tagging and photo identification of a whale shark in Honda Bay, Palawan have proven for the first time its international movement from the Bay to Lahad Datu in Sabah, Malaysia and back.

    This scientific evidence further boosts the need for the Philippines to cooperate closely with Malaysia and Indonesia to save endangered animals in their shared waters in the Sulu-Sulawesi region from overfishing and habitat degradation.

    The procedures were performed by the Large Marine Vertebrate Research Institute, with the support of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Con ...

  • Megamouth, Whale Sharks Resurface In Macajalar Bay

    Megamouth, Whale Sharks Resurface In Macajalar Bay

    At least five whale sharks have been spotted by fisherfolk in the Macajalar Bay in parts of Talisayan, Misamis Oriental and the island province of Camiguin.

    Former Land Transportation Office-10 Director Oscar Salcedo has witnessed the sightings and posted it on his social media accounts on Sunday. He also posted some videos of a whale they saw while riding a boat.

    He said he talked to some fishermen in the vicinity and told him that there have been some observations of whale sharks and megamouth sharks in Misamis Oriental water before, specifically in the municipal waters of Balingoan an ...