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

  • New Study Reveals The Global Biology Of Whale Sharks

    New Study Reveals The Global Biology Of Whale Sharks

    A new study explores how citizen science has contributed to our understanding of the basic biology and ecology of the whale shark on a global scale.

    The publication: 'Undersea Constellations: The Global Biology of an Endangered Marine Megavertebrate Further Informed through Citizen Science', led by Dr Brad Norman, was a collaborative effort of 38 scientists, including LAMAVE Executive Directors Dr Alessandro Ponzo and Gonzalo Araujo, as well as David David and Elson Aca from WWF-Philippines.

    What is Citizen Science and how can it help us study whale sharks?

    Citizen science is the coll ...

  • Scuba Diving Moalboal Cebu Philippines

    Scuba diving in Moalboal with the sardines and whale sharks. Baitball action on Moalboal house reef.

  • In A Historical Agreement Several Sharks Just Received Major Worldwide Protection

    In A Historical Agreement Several Sharks Just Received Major Worldwide Protection

    Three species of sharks and three species of rays will now have extra protection wherever they go, thanks to a conservation agreement signed by 126 countries around the world.

    The new agreement is a major outcome of a large wildlife summit that just concluded in Manila, Philippines, showing that key international players are finally stepping up their actions to better protect our planet's migratory animals under the sea, on land, and in the skies.

    The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) of Wild Animals has extended protections to whale sharks, angelsharks, dusky sha ...

  • Butanding Lands In List Of Species Needing International Protection

    Delegates to this year's biggest international summit on protecting wildlife have agreed to include the whale shark, locally known as 'butanding', in the list of species needing international protection.

    Government ministers and representatives of environmental organizations from several countries who went to Manila last week to attend the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species, called for the protection of 34 animals, many of which are nearing extinction.

    These include Africas great carnivores, 10 species of vulture, and the endangered whale shark.

    The Department of Envi ...

  • Migratory Wildlife

    Migratory Wildlife

    Eco-tourism, which includes riding boats to watch whale sharks or butanding, has raised public awareness of nature and the importance of protecting the environment. But it has also raised concern that tourists might scare away or endanger butanding and other creatures from their natural habitats.

    Wildlife conservation and environmental protection are never simple. One well-meaning act to protect the environment can endanger certain species. These issues are on the agenda as some 900 delegates from 124 countries gather in Manila this week for the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties ...

  • PHL Named Migratory-species Champion For Effort To Save Butanding

    PHL Named Migratory-species Champion For Effort To Save Butanding

    The Philippines effort and initiative to protect and conserve the whale shark, locally called butanding, scientifically named Rhincodon typus, since the 1990s, has paid off.

    The Philippines is again making an effort to uplift the so-called gentle giant of the sea to Appendix, I while maintaining its status under Appendix II of Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) through a resolution, one of five resolutions submitted by the Philippines to the CMS Secretariat in time for the international wildlife meeting.

    Last Sunday the Philippines was named one of the five migratory-species champi ...