Trapped ‘butanding’ rescued in Lapu-Lapu City

Futch Anthony Inso 06/17/2021

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — A whale shark, locally known as “Butanding” was trapped in a fisherman’s net in the seawaters of Barangay Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Boyla Gilig, the owner of Boyla Dive…

Tourist ‘crushed by whale’s tail’ in Australia

Agence France Presse 08/03/2020

SYDNEY — A tourist snorkeling off Australia’s pristine northwest coast was airlifted to hospital in a serious condition after being struck by a whale, medics said Monday. The victim was exploring near the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef in the…

New Capitol admin urged: Limit number of tourists for Oslob’s whale shark watching activities

Rosalie O. Abatayo 06/02/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Vice Governor Agnes Magpale is encouraging the incoming administration in the Capitol to continue with the plans to cut the allowable number of tourists for the whale shark watching activities in Oslob town,…

Move to regulate whale shark watching draws support

Gerard Vincent Francisco 10/04/2018

THE plan of the Cebu Provincial Government and the Oslob municipal government to regulate the number of tourists who plan to interact with Oslob’s whale sharks has gained support. Shahlimar Tamano, the Regional Director of the Department…

Group created to formulate rules on whale shark watching

Gerard Vincent Francisco 10/04/2018

The Cebu Provincial Government created a Technical Working Group to study the behavior of whale sharks and formulate guidelines and regulations to be followed by whale watchers. Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale met with whale shark watching…

Oslob whale-shark watching activities to be regulated

Morexette Marie B. Erram 10/03/2018

The Oslob Municipal Government and Cebu Provincial Government are eyeing to limit the number of visitors who come for the town’s whale-shark (butanding) watching activities. A stakeholders meeting, together with representatives from the Department of Tourism (DOT)…

DOT exec: Oslob may be out of Miss U show

Victor Anthony V. Silva 12/13/2016

Whale shark watching in Oslob town in southern Cebu may not be included in the final show of the Miss Universe pageant, which will involve 90 candidates. Tourism Undersecretary Katherine de Castro said that they are considering…

Netizens raise concerns over exploitation of whale sharks

Izobelle T. Pulgo, Nestle L. Semilla 12/12/2016

As the ten Miss Universe candidates accompanied by 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach tour Cebu today, concerns have been raised over one of the activities scheduled — swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob town, some 130…

Exec says Miss U activities prove Cebu safe

Victor Anthony V. Silva 12/11/2016

THE fact that Miss Universe organizers pushed through with its activities in southern Cebu despite a travel advisory issued last month shows how safe the area really is, a tourism official said. “US advisory or no advisory,…

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