In recent years, Oslob in Cebu has also become a diving destination for whale shark watchers
, although environmental groups question the soundness of local practices, as fishermen feed the whale sharks to ensure their presence.
It's that time of year when away go the linen and sandals, and out come the flannel and boots; when shark watchers
on the shoreline become leaf peepers along the trails; when cookouts and ice cream cones are soon replaced with crockpots and apple crisp.
In the paper, Global Economic Value of Shark Eco-tourism: Implications for Conservation, scholars said that 590,000 dedicated shark watchers
worldwide collectively spend about USD314m annually.