18 Aug 2017

Oslob: Bubbles, baby!

Field work blog – Post 4

Bubbles = divers below. Photographic imperfection meets dive tourist Heaven (taken by a failed underwater photographer on field work, who is much better at research. Big smile). A young whale shark moves below a feeder banca. See that cloud of fish? Local fishermen at Tan-Awan say whale sharks bring pelagic species they don’t normally catch and that even when the whale sharks leave, the fish stay behind (happy to hear from anyone with a view on this). Fishing effort in the bay of Tan-Awan is reduced, while catch and price for remaining fishers, are up. Nirvana for local fishers and marine conservationists. Oslob Whale Sharks – a bright spot in community based tourism.


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