The Gentle Giants of the Sea!
15 October 2013
Ever since the discovery of the growing hype of Butandings (local name for Whale Sharks) in Oslob, my curiosity and eagerness of seeing the gentle giants grows as well.
Thank God for long weekends! Since the whale sharks were always in Oslob, my hubby & I decided to go & swim with the Whale Sharks.
One of the must-do activities in Cebu is swimming with whale sharks.
What is a Whale Shark, you ask?
Here is some helpful information from National Geographic:
“As the largest fish in the sea, reaching lengths of 40 feet (12 meters) or more, whale sharks have an enormous menu from which to choose. Fortunately for most sea-dwellers—and us!—their favorite meal is plankton. They scoop these tiny plants and animals up, along with any small fish that happen to be around, with their colossal gaping mouths while swimming close to the water’s surface.”
We traveled to Oslob in Cebu Island in the hopes of seeing one.
We were very excited to see the Whale Sharks. After an agonizing wait of almost thirty minutes, a bus headed to our destination appeared on the road. We were afraid to miss the opportunity to see the Whale Sharks as according to our information, “morning” is the best time to see these fabulous creatures.
True enough and without the traffic, we were able to reach the Whale Shark watching site in less than 20 minutes.
We rode a small boat paddled by a guide or fisherman and within a few minutes, we reached the Whale Shark watching site.
I and my husband were awed in seeing for the first time a Whale Shark. So gigantic!
It was indeed a very huge sea creature. Seeing such a fish with a monstrous size is really breathtaking and overwhelming. I really felt a feeling that I am nothing but a small creation in this world. The Whale Shark was so big and seeing it underwater is totally a once in a lifetime experience.
I took my time observing the Whale Sharks. I have seen at least three Whale Sharks all at the same time. I was really fascinated not only by their size but by the way they interacted with the fishermen. They are really very gentle creatures. It was only at that time I have seen such a huge fish not in captivity. What is more fascinating is that despite its size this fish is believed not to harm anyone and are uber friendly to humans.
Our experience in Oslob is one of a kind. There are very limited places where Whale Sharks can be seen. I just hope that people will continue to take care and protect our oceans.