whaleshark

Southern Leyte is one among the only three areas in the Philippines where whalesharks are known to congregate in large numbers. These gentle giants, the biggest fishes in the world, have been in Sogod Bay since time immemorial, and were once systematically butchered by unknowing fishermen for a long time.

It was sometime in 1992 that they were first documented, and hence, protective measures and massive marine education campaigns were initiated, allowing people to understand the fish’s important role in the marine ecosystem - not to count its huge potential as a marine tourism attraction, which, exactly, is happening in Southern Leyte today.

An inter-action with Rhyncodon typus (the whaleshark’s scientific name), is an elating, exciting, overwhelming yet humbling experience for divers and snorkelers—an experience many have waited for a lifetime to come across.

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