WHALE SHARKS

//not an anime post

///me trying to go all traveler on revenge without the revenge

A few days ago, me and my family went on a trip to find Whale Sharks in Sorsogon, Philippines. Apparently these cute, large, spotted beings are so common there, you can actually snorkel off from the beach and find one (not recommended and not promoted by anyone). To our excitement, we arrived in Dosol early and did some reckon first before doing any “swimming with the big fishes”.

To our unpleasant surprise, the locals haven’t found one in days. Apparently the current is too strong and the whale sharks are having a hard time catching plankton. We stood by at the tourism office (where people rent boats to find the whale sharks) asking people “Did you see one? Did you see one?”. They were all like “Nope.” With sad faces. There was even one guy with a really expensive looking long-ass camera; poor guy he also didn’t see one.

That night, our tricycle driver/boatman/tourist guide requested that we go and try looking for fireflies in the river. The town was pretty dark at night but we weren’t scared. Because it was so dark, we could totally see the stars on the sky. In Manila, the only light you see in the sky is a helicopter so this was a real treat. As we were gushing about seeing stars, the boatman/tourist guide pointed out where the fireflies are. IT WAS LIKE A FUCKING CHRISTMAS TREE. You know that scene in the recent episode of Fate/Zero wherein Saber raises her sword to perform Excalibur? You remember the part where yellow sparkles started lifting off the river sides? This looked exactly like that except it was all in one tree. AMAZING was all that I could say. The boatman/tour guide then proceeded to give us leaves from the tree which the fireflies circled around. He said it was good luck. We all hoped it was.

The next day, we suited up (with our swimsuits-NO swimming with whale sharks does not require you to dive so no special gear was needed) and went off to the Tourism Office immediately. The people there showed us a video on rules and regulations and after that one of the managers spoke to us. He said that none of the people who went out in the morning saw one so don’t expect too much. We(my family)  held hands, prayed (because we’re Catholics) then proceeded to shout “Butanding HERE WE COME!” (whale shark in Filipino is Butanding).

We didn’t see anything for 3 hours. The hour hand turned one, it was sweltering hot, the lucky leaves dried up and we were all losing hope. Our BIO (Butanding Interaction Officer) suggested that we go see corals for now just so our money will be worth it. The corals aren’t much (if you’ve seen a lot already) but hey at least we did something.

We were ready to go back defeated when suddenly the BIOs started going wild. “BUTANDING BUTANDING DOON!”.  Then suddenly a big blob of shadow suddenly crosses on the other side of our boat. OH FUCK THE WHALE SHARKS ARE HERE. The BIO instructed us to jump on the boat and look down while following him.

I started hearing shouts from other people. I was like “what is it there?”. I pull my head down and guess what I see? From head to tail I SAW IT. I FUCKING SAW IT. It was huge (about the size of a bus) and it was grey and spotted. It had gills on the side and its head is soooo horizontal. “Osore!” played in my mind the whole time. I sprang my head up from the water then started shouting for success.

Going back to the Tourism Office, people were surprised we saw one since the others who went at the same time as us didn’t get to see it. Oh well, “WE FUCKING SAW ONE SUCKS TO BE YOU!”. Just kidding since I do hope the current recedes and the whale sharks come back. Donsol is a far better place to see these beasts rather at that other place.

/// those pictures aren’t mine. We didn’t have underwater cameras to begin with.

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