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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Whale Shark Watching operation status based on February 12, 2024, up to date

Please be advised that with the ongoing Northeast Monsoon, whale shark watching activities are serving slowly, affecting whale shark sightings, or an early closure may be implemented for safety reasons. The Northeast Monsoon brings strong winds and rough seas, making visitors and boatmen unsafe and impacting marine life’s movement patterns, including whale sharks. While we strive to provide exceptional whale shark viewing opportunities, we want to highlight that due to reduced sightings, you may not experience the encounter during this period due to the unpredictable nature of marine conditions. We will monitor weather conditions closely and provide updates when operations return to normal. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding.