Thursday, 19 July 2012
La.Ma.Ve’s recent post on the expanding ‘Whale Shark feeding’ in Cebu….sad times people…sad times
Provincial Government says ‘Yes’ to feeding Whale Sharks in Moalboal
Propellor contact is a major threat to Whale Sharks. An association of boats with food may mean an increase in boat contact running the risk of serious injury. This shark was seen in Tan-awan, Oslob. The multiple parallel scars are indicative of propellor contact. These scars run across the shark’s back. The base of the dorsal fin is seen at the left of the photo.
Currently there is no educational aspect to the experience in Oslob. The interaction is frequently referred to as “whale watching” and this is mirrored by the road sign in Tan-awan.
“Whale watching” in Tan-awan, Oslob | Photo by Tuki Chronicles
Physalus will continue to express its disagreement and concern for these practices and will keep collecting scientific information to ensure the protection of the Butanding in the Visayas. Physalus hopes to effect measures of protection that prevent harm, rather than the correction of detrimental practices.
The Large Marine Vertebrates Project of Physalus will continue to work closely with the local government and communities in Oslob to give them the tools for best management practices to minimize the negative impacts on the sharks.