‘Butanding’ back in Legazpi City

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Every February the giant and friendly butanding or whale sharks flock the busiest seaside of ritzy Embarcadedo de Legazpi where big foreign vessels and inter-island boats harbor. For the third time since 2010, the playful creatures appeared in the lake-like breakwater, providing additional tourist pull to the water sports offered by the resort. “The presence of butanding really proves that Albay Gulf is still clean and abundant in planktons which the whale sharks eat,” Mayor Noel Rosal told The Manila Times. But the gentle giants that grow up to 50 feet and weigh up to 40 tons seldom come to Legazpi City in a pod of 40 or more at one time the way they do at Donsol.

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  1. I am excited on this exciting development in Legazpi City, the sightings of butandings, Like in Donsol, this butanding sightings and interaction will greatly add to the already growing tourists, both local and foreign, in this beautiful city. I hope Gov. Joey Salceda and Mayor Noel Rosal and the people of Albay, especially Legazpi continue to maintain and sustain the cleanliness of the city, particularly at Embarcadero, Legazpi Boulevard, and Albay Gulf so that the friendly butandings will stay. Praise the Lord.