MAJOR DEVELOPMENT: DENR has ordered that whale shark feeding be stopped in Oslob.
DENR-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim gave the directive in a letter to the DENR regional executive director.
It was made in response to an email of whale shark researcher Elson Q. Aca addressed to DENR Secretary Ramon Paje â€œregarding the practice of feeding whale sharks by tourists and scuba divers in Oslob, Cebu.â€
EDIT: There is a similar practice with swimming with whale sharks in the island of Leyte and it seems to be more sustainable.
I promised myself that I would write about the controversy behind the whale sharks of Oslob on the condition that I see the phenomenon myself. Being there, seeing it — it contributes to being informed. Frankly I’m tired of “armchair activists” who pile on issues like this — making sweeping generalizations about what’s best for these fish yet are so far away removed from the situation while they drink their lattes and sport clothes that apparently have buttons made out of poached Philippine shells. All oblivious.