Locals, biologists face off over Philippine whale shark feeding

A sign advertising whale shark watching is pictured as a tricycle passes by in the village of Tan-awanBy David Loh Tan-awan, Philippines (Reuters) – 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. …