I am from Gubat, Sorsogon. I have heard of a place called Donsol but have never been there and thus knows nothing about what’s in there. Until in 1998, I saw a documentary on local TV about the whale sharks of Donsol, Sorsogon.
Donsol used to be an impoverished fishing village. Now its ecotourism industry has brought additional income to the municipality. A good thing that people like Ruel Pine (project manager of the community-based ecotourism and coastal resource management project of the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Philippines in Donsol) is there to make sure that the whale shark and its habitat is preserved.
Luz Rimban of the Investigative Reporting Magazine notes:
Known as the gentle giants of the deep, butanding had been sighted — and slaughtered — in some coastal towns of Sorsogon, but in greater numbers off Donsol, as far back as local residents can remember.
Photo Credit: Karina Escudero, PCIJ.ORG
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