photo by @jenniferhayesig |
A whale shark approaches a small boat called a banca for a handful of krill in Oslob Philippines. Six days a week thousands of tourist show up here to see and swim with dozens of hand fed whale sharks. These giants arrive seeking a handout of krill as they swim below, past and around the visitors seeking an encounter with worlds largest fish, a plankton feeding shark. The feeding stops around noon and the whale sharks disappear to the depths. There is conservation debate and controversy about the effects of hand feeding these large migratory sharks. Many scientist condemn the feeding because of concerns that this activity congregates the sharks making them vulnerable and interrupts their natural foraging and migration patterns. Others that support the practice suggest that the sharks act as ocean. ambassadors teaching visitors about the sea, that the economy generated around these sharks makes them extremely valuable and protects them from harm and that the sharks are free to come and go at will.
Photographed on @natgeo assignment for Philippines: Inside the Coral Triangle with @DavidDoubilet #ocean#Whaleshark#Philippines#CoralTriangle#Extreme for #MoreOcean
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Following this pair of cute bat fishes. I'm just amazed at the slope of branching corals here. They are so delicate. Some have been destroyed by typhoons. #divecebu#diveph
The Titan and the shoal.
Titan triggerfish also known as the giant triggerfish or moustache triggerfish are one of the most common reef fish I see here (the loner bottom right). You're pretty guaranteed to see one patrolling the reefs here in the #philippines. The one thing to remember is to be careful crossing their territory. They have a cone shaped territory which goes up like a pyramid from the sea floor. If you swim into the cones water you will know about it. These fish are not scared to fend you off, and a bite from a Titan is no joke. I'm definitely more wary of these guys than I am of many shark species.