Tuesday, March 10, 2009

15-inch butanding rescued in Sorsogon

Source: philstar

MANILA, Philippines - A 15-inch whale shark, locally known as butanding, has been found in Sorsogon.

Conservation group World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines (WWF-Philippines) reported yesterday that the rescue of what could be the smallest whale shark in the country, and perhaps in the world, might lead to answers to the mystery of where the sea creatures breed.

According to the WWF, the baby whale shark was caught last Friday in nearby San Antonio, a barangay of Pilar town, adjacent to Donsol in Sorsogon and was allegedly about to be sold.

Wow! I never knew whales could be that small! Lucky the WWF got there before they made it lunch!


Anonymous said...

A whale shark is a shark, not a whale. It's the biggest of the sharks, and (fortunately) is vegetarian.

Anonymous said...

Correction: technically it's not vegetarian, but it eats microscopic animals (it's a filter feeder.) My point was that it won't eat you if you fall in with it.

Degenerasian said...

Ah that's makes sense now. I thought it was a whale! Ooops!