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Whale sharks return to Camiguin, gov't asks tourists, locals to let them be

Jan 08, 2020 - 8:04 AM

The whale sharks' newfound presence gives high hopes that these gentle marine giants are back to stay and will repopulate

A diver tags a whale shark off the coast Donsol as part of the local population count. 104 new whale shark individuals were identified in Donsol from January until June of 2019. Photograph © Jurgen Freund

‘Largest number in years’: Over 100 new whale sharks spotted in Donsol

Aug 30, 2019 - 11:20 AM

The sighting of 'very young' whale shark juveniles 'suggests that Ticao Pass may be a pupping ground for whale sharks, further increasing the ecological significance of the area,' says the World Wide Fund for Nature

SIGHTED. A diver tags a whale shark off the coast Donsol as part of the local population count. Photo by Jurgen Freund

Stranded juvenile whale shark dies in Masbate

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Officials say a local saw the butanding trying to swim back after being beached but the low tide had set in fast, preventing it to go back to the waters

BEACHED.  A juvenile whale shark is seen beached on the shoreline of Sitio Laao, Barangay Pawikan, Cataingan town in Masbate. Photo courtesy of Nonie Enolva/BFAR

Swimming with whale sharks in Mexico

Dec 30, 2017 - 12:53 PM

These massive creatures with a Latin name Rhincodon typus come close to shore, to the delight of tourists who converge on the area in boats carrying 10 people

BOATMEN. A file photo of the coastal village of Yelapa Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco is Mexico. Photo by Daniel Slim/AFP

Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:28 PM

Host country the Philippines lobbies for the inclusion of the whale shark, which has become a major tourist attraction

ADDED PROTECTION. Whale sharks are among the animals that received added protection at the Conservation of Migratory Species held in Manila. File photo by Gonzalo Araujo

Dead whale shark spotted in Cavite waters

Sep 09, 2017 - 11:17 PM

The dead whale shark is found in the vicinity of Tanza Bay in Cavite province on Saturday September 9

Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Philippines to host international wildlife conference

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:40 PM

This is the first time that the Philippines will host a meeting this huge This is the first COP that will be held in the Philippines says Environment Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo Jr

Swimming with whale sharks? Don't copy these snorkelers!

Apr 19, 2017 - 11:05 AM

A viral video reminds us why it s wrong to touch whale sharks and how we can be better stewards of these gentle giants

CROWDED. A screengrab of a viral video showing snorkelers in Malaysia crowding around a whale shark.

VIRAL: Does Cebu town mayor really want whale sharks killed?

Jun 23, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Dumanjug Mayor Nelson Garcia won t be in the position to make good on his threat

Every shark counts

Jan 10, 2016 - 3:24 PM

Whale sharks also known as butanding are protected by Philippine law

900th whale shark found in the Philippines

Nov 23, 2015 - 12:44 AM

The discovery of the 900th whale shark in the Philippines shows there is progress in the conservation efforts; however there is still work to be done to ensure the species survival

#PugadBaboy: Capt. Stupid punchline 2

Feb 14, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Miriam hits Napeñas, media freedom declines, nurse with MERS pregnant | The wRap

Feb 12, 2015 - 8:15 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago hits police officials for mishandling operations Media freedom declines because of extremist groups The Filipina nurse diagnosed with MERS is pregnant

Cebu town mayor: Kill whale sharks, dolphins

Feb 11, 2015 - 6:22 PM

The mayor of Dumanjug in Cebu province says the sea creatures are responsible for the fish shortage in Tañon Strait one of the country s biggest fishing grounds

JEWELS OF THE SEA. Dolphins, an endangered sea creature, travel through Tañon Strait. Photo courtesy of Razcel Salvarita

Cendrawasih Bay: Where whale sharks visit every day

Sep 13, 2014 - 9:04 AM

In most parts of the world swimming with whale sharks is a seasonal event But in Papua s Cendrawasih Bay which boasts of 40 meter visibility these gentle giants visit every day

GENTLE GIANTS. Whale sharks, seen here at Papua's Cendrawasih Bay, weigh an average of 9,000 kilograms. Photo by Muljadi Pinneng Sulungbudi

Shark tales on Shark Week

Aug 09, 2014 - 12:07 PM

After nearly 40 years we now know that sharks are not the mindless man eating predator we once believed them to be It is actually the other way around

Whale shark found dead in Cavite

Sep 05, 2013 - 5:26 PM

Its cause of death is still under investigation

WASHED UP. A whale shark, an uncommon sight in Cavite waters, is found dead on the shore of Manila Bay in Tanza, Cavite. All photos by Arcel Cometa

Get stoked: 7 lesser-known PH surf spots

Aug 29, 2013 - 8:00 PM

‘Tis the season of rains typhoons and surfing

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR SURFING. Surfers are in for a treat with the typhoon-brought waves this rainy season. Photo by Rhea Claire Madarang

Whale shark photo shoot sparks eco-tourism debate online

Jan 13, 2013 - 5:25 PM

It is eco terrorism not tourism says Albay Gov Joey Salceda

Screenshot from The Telegraph

Oslob’s shark tales

Sep 23, 2012 - 4:36 AM

The Save Philippine Seas head mermaid tells us why butanding feeding in Oslob MUST be stopped

FEEDING THE BUTANDINGS FOR the sake of getting a photo with them is doing more harm than good. Photo by Steve de Neef

Swimming with whale sharks

Jul 19, 2012 - 1:47 AM

A travel blogger shares her experience of swimming with the butanding for the first time

THE GENTLE BUTANDING OF Donsol, Sorsogon. All photos from Mavic Conde

[PH Travel] Running with sardines

Apr 24, 2012 - 6:59 PM

What s it like to swim with a gigantic school of fish and be eye to eye with a shark?

METEOR SHOWER? Nope. But just like meteors, sardines seem to scintillate and generate electricity while swimming together.

Concocting an ocean elixir

Apr 20, 2012 - 12:01 AM

A mom shares about her love for the ocean

DREAMING OF SEA. What is it about the ocean that cures even the most hopeless of woes?

Viral butanding photo prompts info campaign

Apr 03, 2012 - 6:42 PM

Government agencies mount an information campaign on the proper handling of butanding following a controversial photo

Viral photos show problem in 'whale shark tourism'

Apr 01, 2012 - 6:16 PM

The viral Facebook photo of a woman standing on a butanding shows problems on tourists discipline and area management