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Whale Sharks (Butanding) Of Donsol

Donsol, Sorsogon, Philippines

102520-582

One of the very few places in the world where one can see the rare whale sharks in large numbers. Said to be the biggest fish and shark, it can grow to as much as sixty feet long. The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is the world's largest fish. They appear in Donsol waters in considerable numbers between December and May each year, taking advantage of dense food concentrations. Donsol is a seasonal feeding ground for the whale sharks. This gives scientists and conservationists the opportunity to understand more about them through research. The sharks' arrival also prompted the local community to provide interaction tours, and visitors now have the chance to swim alongside these majestic creatures.

How to get there

Take a bus from Sorsogon, Sorsogon or from Legaspi City to Donsol, then hire a pumpboat to interact with the whale sharks.

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