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

  • 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 ...

  • MisOr Eyes Whale Watching As New Tourism Attraction

    The Misamis Oriental tourism office is planning to develop "whale watching" as a potential tourism attraction and a preservation effort for the species found in Macajalar Bay.

    Jeffrey Saclot, head of the provincial tourism office, said they are now in coordination with the Department of Tourism Region 10 (DOT-10) for the preservation and promotion of whale watching in the province.

    Saclot confirmed that the whale species spotted in the vicinity of Salay to Talisayan waters last week was a sperm whale and not whale shark as earlier reported.

    "If there's no holding of the ATOP National ...

  • Whale Shark At Puerto Princesa Palawan

    After encountering dolphins and dugong last week, it's a whale shark this time.

  • PHL Waters Incredibly Important For Juvenile Whale Sharks - Study

    PHL Waters Incredibly Important For Juvenile Whale Sharks - Study

    For juvenile whale sharks or at least to a few which scientists were able to observe the Sulu and Bohol Seas and the waters in between are important feeding grounds.

    A globally endangered species, the behavior of whale sharks, locally called butanding, largely remains a mystery.

    Scientists studying their behavior continue to work to demystify these gentle giants, even as governments have recently agreed to step up the effort to protect and conserve them.

    The Philippines is known to promote whale shark interaction as a tourist attraction, particularly in Donsol in Sorsogon and Oslob in ...