Oslob's Whale sharks, controversial tourism and research

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In 2011, a group of fishermen in Oslob, Philippines started feeding whale sharks to attract tourists. They discovered that the bait they were using for fishing also attracted these sharks and thought it could make a good alternative livelihood if this would attract tourists to their town. Tourism soon took of and in 2016 it wasn't abnormal to see over 1000 tourists a day come here to see the biggest fish in the world. The tourism remains very controversial as many environmentalists and scientists believe feeding whale sharks can have a negative impact and mass tourism like this is something the town can't handle. As a result of whale shark's being present daily a group of researchers from the lamave project have studied these sharks and the impacts of the feeding on a daily basis in hope of reducing negative impact and learning more about this incredible animal.
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