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Sorsogon, Philippines

In older times, Donsol used to be a simple coastal town in the province of Sorsogon. If you ask almost anyone in the country where Donsol is, they probably would not know. Not until foreigners began to flock and visit the place for one reason: to view the largest fish in the world which is the Whale Shark.

Fishermen back in the days used to hunt and slaughter these enormous creatures, and sell them to Japanese traders. These whale sharks or butandings used to be spotted south of Donsol in the Visayan seas. They were believed to have migrated to the waters of Donsol due to massive slaughtering by fishermen. Today, Donsol has become a popular whale-watching spot for foreigners and Filipinos alike. These animals can grow as much as 50 feet in length. They are either gray or greenish brown in color, with hundreds of pointed teeth. Whale Sharks are absolutely harmless, which makes Donsol an exciting excursion.

permalink written by  On Foot on April 11, 2007 from Sorsogon, Philippines
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Philippines, WhaleShark and Sorsogon

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