Whale shark in Donsol communicates, leaves lasting message to tourists

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A tourist completed his day in good vibes while interacting with a whale shark (scientific name Rhincodon Typusin) at the Butanding capital of the world of Donsol, Sorsogon.

The moment not only gave him a close-up view, side by side, of the sea mammal but also captured the rare event.

American tourist Timothy Barry originally from Wisconsin, USA, but now living in Boston travelled to the Philippines and experienced a swimming interaction with the gentle giants.


In response, the huge swimming friendly creature tried to communicate with the tourist with its own language.


Unfortunately, somebody has to come up with the translation. What we know, the Butanding could be sending earthlings an important message. Observe the group of fish accompanying the giant.

Another tourist just enjoyed the opportunity of finding the presence of another Whale shark a chance in a lifetime!

And here’s the good news. The local government of Donsol has officially opened the Butanding season of whale shark interaction.


Early in January 6th this year, the sea giants are back, now seven of them and counting for more, have started entertaining tourists already. The whale sharks are back in the waters off Donsol fronting the Ticao pass.

Meanwhile, help us decipher the gentle giant’s message to mankind and post it on the comments below.


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