Whale sharks has found home in Saranggani Bay, makes the PH 2nd largest habitat- DENR

Whale sharks has found home in Saranggani Bay, makes the PH 2nd largest habitat- DENR




The Butanding's have found a home in the Philippines.

Ever since the sleeper town of Donsol, Sorsogon changed their ways from being the hunter of these gentle giants to proud “butanding spotter”, the whale sharks just keep on coming.

Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) were recently spotted in the waters of Sarangani Bay, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has taken note that the Philippines has emerged as the country with the second largest habitat of the endangered marines species, locally called “butanding” in the planet.


Whale Sharks being documented by the Sarangani-Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC) research team (photo credit to PNA)


Fourteen(14) whale sharks were recorded last March 9 in the waters off Silway near General Santos City, that brought to sixteen (16) the total number of whale sharks spotted in Sarangani Bay since 2014, the DENR said.

“The recent documentation of whale sharks in Sarangani Bay made the Philippines as the second largest known population of whale sharks in the world, according to the Wildbook for Whale Sharks, a global online library providing visual database of whale shark encounters around the world,” the DENR Region 12 statement said.

The Regional office of the DENR forwarded the corresponding sightings/data to the Large Marine Vertebrates (LAMAWE) Research Institute for individual tagging of the 14 whale sharks,this was done through the help of GenSan- based Task Force Butandig. 

The Philippines dislodged Australia as the second largest habitat of whale sharks, has been overtaken by the Philippines with the March 9 discovery.Waters off Mexico remain as the world's top whale sharks habitat, the DENR said.

“The Philippines’ (rise) to the number two spot highlights (its) global significance…for the endangered species and emphasizes the country as a conservation leader for the species in South East Asia,” it added.

The Philippines being an archipelagic country, butandings have been spotted in Donsol, Sorsogon; Oslob, Cebu; Pintuyan, Southern Leyte; and Honda Bay in Palawan.





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