Thursday, 21 March 2013

Controversy over feeding of world's largest shark


Tan-awan, in the southern Philippines island of Cebu, used to be a sleepy village that never saw tourists unless they were lost or in transit. Yet now they flock there by the hundreds - to swim with whale sharks, the world's largest fish.

Whale sharks are lured to the Tan-awan coastline of the Oslob district by fishermen who hand feed them small shrimp, drawing divers and snorkelers to see the highly sought-after animals, known as gentle giants of the sea.

But the practice has sparked fierce debate on the internet and among biologists, who decry it as unnatural.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/travel/travel-news/controversy-over-feeding-of-worlds-largest-shark-20130313-2fzp3.html#ixzz2O04OzTt4

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