February 15, 2015
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Exchanging Blessings With The Gentle Giants

I went to Oslob, Cebu, Philippines — for whale shark watching last week. Butanding is the local language for whale shark (Rhincodon Typus). I wanted to exchange blessings with them.

With Michelle and Jerry – a tour guide and a driver – I left Mactan at 5am.


Deciding not to plunge in to the water, I didn’t bring any swimsuit. Ok, a boat was rented….


The boatman is part of the conservation team…. See the T-shirt worn.


Many people already swam around something…. A group of butanding enjoying their breakfast


The gentle giant was peeping below my boat. Please let me offer you my love, dear butanding….


Look at the spots on the body….


…. on the tail


He is deeply, seriously giving his blessings…. Or her blessings….


Blessings to the feeder on the boat….


To the onlookers on and beneath the water…..


And, to me….

Before I finally left the site, I put both my feet into the water and prayed in my heart, telling huge blessings then leaving them into the sea. Thank you, butanding…. For the blessings we exchange.

Singapore – February 15, 2015 – 4:48am

For more information about whale shark, please go to:


4 thoughts on “Exchanging Blessings With The Gentle Giants

  1. Your post title is brilliant! They are gentle giants…I hope by introducing them then people will have mores respect towards the wildlife..


  2. Brilliant post title! Hopefully more people will be aware of their existence and protect them…

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    • Thanks for your appreciation…. I went there after reading your posting and think that these giants should be protected from people who are too excited of meeting the fish. Let’s protect its existence the best we can.


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