Remember your childhood, playing all sorts of crazy games? If you recall traditional games or “parlor games” like patintero, you’re most likely a child of the 80s and below. If your recollection of crazy games involves an electronic gadget, from cellphones and tablets and PS4, you’re probably a millenial, also known as a hi-tech couch potato. In any case, we’d like to believe that anyone with a fun childhood knows hide and seek. It’s really easy — everybody hides, one unlucky soul seeks everyone (or mom hides the cookies, you go figure out where it’s stashed). And in the game of hide and seek, there’s always one kid who’s too “healthy” for his own good, who’d stick out no matter how he tries to squeeze himself in some corner or behind the curtain. It’s an easy find, really; easier to hide a huge cargo truck from the traffic enforcers.
Easier to find a whale shark (butanding) in the vast seas. If you’re looking for a butanding in Donsol, Sorsogon, it’s going to be a good game of hide and seek, pretty much because the conservation experts in this place leave this huge fish (strictly speaking, a mammal) to roam and feed like they’re in the wild. As it should be. It’s much easier to find these gentle giants in Oslob, Cebu, because the bankero-turned-tour-guide feed the butanding, so the seekers are the ones being sought out. An exciting experience, though. And scary. How can you not be scared, and excited at the same time, by the sight of a giant water animal, bigger than you, slowly inching closer with its mouth wide open? Not scared? Try jumping into the water, with the butanding, and tell us if you’re still not scared. But you should try it. Here’s an awesome photo by the Island Boy (follow his Instagram account, @theislandboyy), who, judging from his photos, spend his waking hours exploring the beautiful wonders of the Philippines. Our kind of job. Click the photo to enlarge:
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