A Date With Gentle Giants

I joined my mom and her colleagues to go see the whale sharks in Oslob as well as see beaches and waterfalls in the south of Cebu.
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View of the coast from our boat.
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With the other UC teachers and their families.
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Heading out to see the whale sharks.
I was the only one in our group brave enough to swim in the water (also sans life vest) so the guide and I had fun taking shots underwater.
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Swimming out
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Swimming with whale sharks.
We were instructed to keep our distance from these gentle giants but when one whale shark moved from one boat to the other, its tail brushed past me! I was both scared and elated at the same time. Whale sharks may be part of the shark family (a fish, not a mammal), but these sharks feed on krill (small shrimp) like whales do, so they are actually not scary. It’s those killer whales (mammals, not fish, but are carnivorous, like sharks) that you should look out for!
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When the shark’s tail brushes past my leg!
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There were divers there, too.
After a morning with the whale sharks, we drove to Mantayupan falls in Barili, on the other side of the island. After a cool dip in the water (and some scary stories from the keepers), we had some lunch and rest. We were supposed to see Kawasan falls also but we were too tired to go there.
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Mantayupan Falls
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Mum enjoying the cold water.
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And me, too!
It was fun being the only adult child in the group as most of my mom’s colleagues brought their teen + kid children. But age is only a number – I will always be a child and adventurer at heart!
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Keep smiling.

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