Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Beautiful: 15-Inch Whale Shark Smallest Ever Found

As the Dive Photo Guide put it, this precious little one is "a tiny replica of the large animals we are so accustomed to seeing."

Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are the largest fish on earth. Thus it was a pleasant surprise for the folk of Sorsogon to find and rescue what is arguably the smallest living whale shark in recorded history.

Donsol, a sleepy town in the Philippine province of Sorsogon, hosts the largest known annual congregation of whale sharks in the world. For several years now, WWF has been working with the people of Donsol, continuously improving a unique ecotourism program that allows visitors to snorkel with these giants of the sea.

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2 comments:

Phil Ellis said...

Thanks for the good news find. I did a little reading and put a note up on my blog also. Of course, I provided you with a link. Thanks and keep up the good work.

Phil Ellis
www.divesports.com

Neutral Dive Gear said...

Much appreciated, Phil! We're glad to have turned you on to a story, as it's usually the other way around.

=)

Keep diving!