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History of whale sharks in Oslob

Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) or locally known as “tuki”, the world’s largest fish, were listed as endangered species by World Wildlife organization. These whale sharks have shown in the waters off Oslob since the 1980s. Before, the fisherman in Oslob considered the whale shark as “pest” for destroying their nets and driving away other fishes.

Last October 2011, in a small village of Tan-awan Oslob, Jerson Soriano, started feeding a whale shark with krill or baby shrimps after it continuously bumped its snout to his banca while fishing. In the next few days, more whale sharks length varies from 2 to 6 meters came to the shores of Tan-awan after the feeding. The largest whale shark that shown was called as Big Mama which was large as 9 meters long bus. Soon, dive resort in the area asked the fishermen if they could guide them to the whale-watching site. At first, the fishermen charged P150 to P200 each for their services, but some tour groups later handed them for a larger amount until TOWSFA (fishermen organization) was organized.

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Office Closure Advisory

We want to inform you that the Island Trek Tours office will be closed on March 29 (Friday).

During this time, online chat and calls are not accessible. But still, we will be providing email support on your immediate needs and concerns, should there be any. Kindly expect minor delays in responses during this day.

Online reservations for March 30 will still be accepted and will be arranged accordingly.