These gentle giants and the @oslobwhalesharkwatching
deserve a better post. Here, since 2011 the locals have started to feed a #whaleshark
population with krill🦐. The practice could be controversial both to the sharks themselves and for the inhabitants of Oslob and Cebu Island, who benefit economically from tourism activities. Until long-term impacts of this process remains unknown humans and sharks are helping each other.
Every morning at 6 a.m. a dozen of whalesharks and few hundreds of human beings meet up 50m off the Oslob shore. At the end of the day they are all satisfied with a full stomach, filled with krill, money or a new great experience. Feeding the wildlife is a common practice between tourism activities, such as great white shark feeding for cage diving or reef fish and dolphin feeding in Australia. In these places the feeding process mustn't give to the animals more than 1/10 of the food they need in one day. So, in my opinion, the right amount (and kind) of food can be served to our huge friends without damaging their population and their ecosystem. However the "food station" could eventually affect their migratory habits but before this activity had started the only way for people to made money from sharks was #sharkfinning
. This fishing technique consists in cutting off the shark's fins and throw the alive body back to the ocean (shark fin soup is a really popular recipe in eastern Asia). Other benefits coming from this activity are the opportunities of awerness and education for future Filipino generations.
Is this a fair compromise? 🐋🦈 #ocean #whaleshark #shark #snorkeling #philippines #cebu #oslob #ecotourism #elasmobranch #krill