We went to Oslob, a town near the southern tip of Cebu Island, in the Philippines to watch the whalesharks . We doubted whether or not to support this activity. Finally we decided not to do it. Instead we did some cool shots with the drone. I am so happy about it. Tourism is booming for people who want to watch, swim with, and take photographs next to the world’s biggest fish.
Whale sharks are amazing animals and have been exploited by locals who regularly feed them with krill to keep them in the area. This guarantees sighting all-year round.
This changes their natural migratory pattern. Normally, the whale sharks would stay in Oslob for about 60 days before moving to another place. With the regular feeding, they become mainstays in Oslob for 365 days a year. This has disrupted their breeding cycle, reproduction and ability to hunt for themselves.
Please do not support this activity. Preserve what wild there is left by leaving it alone and allowing it to be wild.