Monday, February 17, 2014

Legazpi mayor airs warning vs wrong whale shark interaction

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 17 (PNA)--Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal on Monday warned against mishandling of the whale sharks that have appeared along the city boulevard at Barangay Puro.

At least six whale sharks (scientific name: Rhincodon typus) have been spotted at the Albay Gulf since last week. catching the attention of both local and foreign tourists.

“I have alerted the concerned personnel and the city tourism office to investigate the reported act of riding at the back of the whale sharks which is prohibited under our laws,” Rosal said, as he sought media’s help in reminding the public against any disturbance to the “gentle giants.”

Rosal said he suspended one butanding interaction officer (BIO) over the weekend and, he said, the BIO cannot perform his duties pending an investigation.

“I have talked to the BIOs and some foreign tourists to strictly follow the rules to avoid driving away the spectacular creatures,” Rosal said, assuring that with the help of the different line agencies, appropriate penalties would be imposed on violators.

The netizens have likewise shared the same apprehension with the mayor and are starting to post their suggestions and observations on various social media pages.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda earlier dramatized the beautiful sight in the area that has been appreciated by curious visitors and spectators.

Salceda likewise encouraged the Albayanos and the foreign tourists to coordinate with the local tourism officers for proper guidance on butanding watch. (PNA) PDS/GS/RMN/CBD/