You take a little Banco out with an outrigger, and hop in. There is scuba diving in this section, but from what I could see you just sit on the bottom, about 20 yards down, and that’s it. When you snorkel you are among the whale sharks. Snorkeling is all you need to do. The price is about ten dollars, totally worth every penny. We swam for a good half hour with them, amongst them, and practically between them. It can be quite dangerous at times, just because the sheer size of them. They are unaware of you, like a fly to an elephant. Yvonne was taking a picture of me when one swam between us, knocking into her with his fin. She spun around like a top, and had a bruise the size of a soft ball on her side. The shark did not even know it hit her.
Whale Sharks are really like giant vacuum cleaners, just opening their huge cavernous mouths and sucking in all the water, bits of food, and what ever. Most people think they are whales, but Whale Sharks are fish. They eat the same way as whales, and have a massive size, but they still breath water, unlike whales. The Whale Sharks have been around for approximately 60 million years old. They are found all over the world in tropical climates. They are the largest non-mammalian vertebrae, so pretty much the largest fish out there.
The thing most people don’t realize is how gorgeous they are. They have nice soft white bellies, dark blueish gray tops, and some of the most gorgeous dot patterns I have ever seen. Its like nature created the most gorgeous connect the dots game. They have tiny little eye, and a large huge mouth, but its not filled with sharp jagged teeth like most sharks. Heck, I could not even see any teeth even though their mouths were open so wide any dentist would have a field day. After all, they just suck their food in. Its really breath taking, which is a bad thing when you are holding your breath trying to take pictures.
After an amazing time with the whale sharks, we explored the colonial town, Oslob, with its beautiful old church. The water in town is crystal clear, and I snorkeled around for an hour right in town. Like always, there were amazing things to see. I saw squid pulsating around, always keeping just a big out of reach. Trigger fish were everywhere, and these little buggers were not nice at all. They would shoot out from under a rock, torpedo you with a bite, then retreat back to safety. I believe they were clown trigger. After a few near misses I got sick of the sneak attacks and climbed out of the water to sunbath.
We were back on a bus by 2 and off to the airport to Manila. Once we reached Manila we went to the hotel near the airport, a pretty crappy one, but we had left stuff in storage there while we had traveled for a few weeks, so it was great to get all that back. Our room was small, dirty, and unpleasant. But still could not beat the convenience of being so close to airport. We caught a cab in the morning, and headed to Tokyo.