A little something from The Philippine Islands, filmed on location in the quiet town of Donsol in Sorsogon Province with Freediver, Yana Torres @yanatorres_ courtesy of Seazoned Philippines @seazonedph Co-Founder, Underwater Photographer and Videographer, Nico Soriano @nicosorianoph - This video sums up what went down during my Donsol trip with @yanatorres_ ! We had a 12-hour bus ride, stayed at a nice resort, encountered 4 full grown whale sharks, went to Manta Bowl but current was too strong, encountered wide array of soft corals, flight home got overbooked but we chose to give way, went on a short layover and a free overnight stay in Cebu, and got compensated with free roundtrip tickets to Siargao! Our overall trip was really one for the books! 🎶TRINIX - No Sleep 🎥📷Shot with Sony A6300, GoPro Hero4 SE and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
🔵Swimming with whale sharks, locally known as butanding, was featured as the Best Animal Encounter in Asia by Time magazine in 2004. Whale sharks can be seen between November and June, with presence peaking between February and May.
The presence of whale sharks in the town of Donsol was known to the local residents over 100 years. But the locals believed these gentle giants were dangerous. This wrong notion changed when in December 26, 1997, a group of scuba divers led by Romir Aglugub – a PADI diving instructor, discovered its presence, and interacted with the whale sharks. Even the members of the diving group of Romir was having second thoughts if the fish was docile, until the instructor led the way into the water and came in contact with the whale shark.
To date, my friends at the Large Marine Vertebrate Research Institute of The Philippines @lamaveproject led by Executive Director, Sally Snow @sallyjsnow have research stations situated in Donsol, Apo Island and Leyte.
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