You know those moments that take your breath away, this was one of them...not such a good thing when underwater 🐋🦈 Now before anyone criticises me for swimming with these gentle giants I am aware of the ethical debate of doing so and here are my two cents:
First and foremost I’m not a marine biologist. I can’t even call myself an environmentalist, because doing so would do a disservice to the people who are actually fighting to save this planet. I’m just a lay person who cares about the earth. I believe that climate change is real. I believe that the world’s resources are finite. I believe in living sustainably, to lessen our wants and to use only what we need. I believe that all living creatures deserve our respect. I believe that we humans, like everything else in this world, are just part of a circle, and not at the center of it.
I believe in that, so anything that threatens the well-being of this planet or any of its creatures, I will be vehemently against, and that’s precisely what the experts are saying about this practice of whale shark feeding in Oslob.
After experiencing it for myself, I would have to agree with them, but I’d be lying to you if I said that I didn’t have an awesome fucking time there.
I want others to enjoy the experience but I also want to protect the whale sharks. It is good to see improvements being made in the form of strict guidelines given at a briefing to all those intending to swim with the whale sharks, fines given to those breaking the guidelines, marine biologists on site to oversee activity and limits put on the time and amount of people for each interaction. But there is still a very long way to go before this practice does not interfere with the natural behaviour of the gentle giant.
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