The Whale Sharks, called “Butanding” in local Filipino dialect, are not mammals but they actually fish and belong to group of sharks. They are not a predator like other varieties of sharks, feeding on plankton and krill as they are filter feeders of small fish. The Filipino term “Butanding” means “Gentle Giants” which represents their true nature. The whale shark is the largest fish in the world and can grows up to the length 12.5 metres, with an average adult around 10 metres. The mouth alone can be 1.5 metres wide with numerous filter pads.
The Filipino Government has declared the fish a protected species; we therefore ensure our guests swim for just half an hour at a time.