Ticao Pass is a pass and is located between Burias and Ticao Islands and Sorsogon. During the month of October up to May, Whale shark or Butanding are sighted in this area, also Manta Rays and Dancing Dolphins.
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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.
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Manta Rays, although considered to be large animals in the underwater kingdom, still have a number of natural predators, including certain species of sharks, orcas and false killer whales, all of which have been reported predating upon manta rays. It is often possible to see manta rays in the wild with large bite marks, often located on the edges of the manta's pectoral wings in their 'blind spot' (the area behind their head), where they cannot see approaching predators. Amazingly resilient animals, the wound will often heal rapidly, with fresh skin growing over the injury with little to no la ...
Albay 3rd District Rep. Fernando Gonzalez revealed he is preparing a legislative measure seeking the declaration of the Ticao-Burias Pass as a Marine Protected Area (MPA).
Gonzalez explained that protected seascapes are sites of national significance characterized by the interaction of man and ocean. These also provide opportunities for public enjoyment through the recreation and tourism within the normal lifestyle and economic activities offered by these areas.
Gonzalez's representation covers Albay west coast which is along Burias Pass. He said that once officially declared as MPA unde ...
Albay 3rd District Rep. Fernando Gonzalez said here over the weekend he is readying a legislative measure seeking the declaration of the Ticao-Burias Pass as a Marine Protected Area (MPA).
He explained that protected seascapes are among sites of national significance characterized by the harmonious interaction of man and ocean while providing opportunities for public enjoyment through the recreation and tourism within the normal lifestyle and economic activities offered by these areas.
The congressman whose representation in Congress covers Albay west coast which is along Burias Pass sa ...
The head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Protected Areas and Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Service (PAWCZMS) in Bicol said his office is recommending to the national government the declaration of Burias and Ticao Passes as a marine protected area to preserve the region's marine biodiversity.
Al Orolfo, PAWCZMS regional technical director, said the Ticao and Burias Passes are very significant to the Bicol Region, especially Albay, and these bodies of water must be declared as protected seascape owing to their being very rich in marine biodiversity.
"This com ...