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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Whale Sharks Sighted Off Oslob, Cebu

The town of Oslob in southern Cebu noted a sudden increase in the number of tourists. They can only think of one reason - whale sharks.

In the past three months, whale sharks have been seen off Barangay Tan-awan, Oslob. From just one, seven - including two pups - where seen interacting with divers.

Reneboy Sevila, who helped organize a group of fishermen to become tourist guides, said that at first they did not mind the presence of the whale sharks (locally known as tuki). However, the whale sharks started to compete with the fishermen in catching tiny shrimps called uyap.

Sevila said they realized they could turn the phenomenon into a tourism attraction when they learned that they could feed the whale sharks near the sea's surface.

Through word of mouth, people have started going to Tan-awan to swim with the whale sharks.

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