A fashion shoot under the sea with the whale sharks of Oslob, Cebu, Philippines.
Shot by Kristian Schmidt and Shawn Heinrichs, noted fashion and marine life photographers, the series aims to
highlight local marine conservation efforts in Oslob in a way that’s never been done before.
Many have noted (and correctly) that far from conservation efforts, what is happening in Oslob, Cebu may in fact be a form of exploitation.
This article by local marine conservation group Save Philippine Seas (whose founder, Anna Oposa, is a good friend) offers 5 good reasons why the practice of feeding the whale sharks must stop.
Indeed, far from being an effective conservation area, Oslob has turned into a tourist trap in dire need of reform into becoming a more sustainable haven for the sharks. I hope everyone else who would reblog/read/be amazed about this post, click the links above and learn more about the plight of these gentle giants.
The Philippine media has picked up on it. Read Whale shark photo shoot sparks eco-tourism debate online via rappler.com