Whale shark in Boracay a ‘good sign’

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A RARE VISIT. A whale shark is spotted in the waters of Boracay on Saturday, almost two months into the island resort’s half-year rehabilitation. As the largest fish in the sea, a whale shark typically swims close to the surface where it feeds chiefly on plankton. Although massive, whale sharks are docile fish and sometimes allow swimmers to hitch a ride. They are currently listed as a vulnerable species. REAGAN CAHILIG/ ENERGY FM 107.7 KALIBO

BORACAY – A whale shark spotted in the waters of this closed island resort means that rehabilitation efforts are indeed working, according to some netizens.

On Saturday, the netizens – mostly from Aklan – commented on a post that Energy Fm 107.7 Kalibo uploaded around 6 p.m. showing photos of a whale shark swimming in Boracay waters.

Many of the netizens said the giant marine creature’s visit is a “good sign.”

Masaya [ang] butanding kasi malinis na ang Boracay,” one of the commenters said.

Others have suggested feeding the whale shark so that it would come back.

Whale sharks are “filter feeders.” Planktons are their main food source.

They also eat shrimp, algae and other marine plant material, sardines, anchovies, mackerels, squid, tuna, albacore, and fish eggs.

Whale sharks are among the endangered species protected by the International Union for Conservation of Nature./PN

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