16 Aug 2017

Oslob Whale Sharks: bright spot in community based dive tourism

Field work blog – Post 3

Fishermen paddle dive tourists in small, unmotorised banca (outrigger canoes) out to snorkel with whale sharks in barangay Tan-Awan, Oslob, on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. Divers enter from the shore. Whale sharks have been following and bumping fisher’s banca in Tan-Awan for generations. Fishers would throw tiny amounts of krill to lead the giant whale sharks away from their nets. In 2011, a Korean tourist asked a fisher to draw a whale shark closer to shore so she could see it. And so  Oslob Whale Sharks was born.



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