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The Whale Shark Crisis In Oslob, Philippines

While the tourists are taking their Instagram-worthy snaps, the whales are suffering the consequences.

Big fish are big business in Oslob, Philippines. Aside from its traditional offers of sun, sea, and sand, the fourth class municipality in the province of Cebu has garnered a reputation for being a hub of whale shark tourism.

Its new slogan even says “Guaranteed whale shark sighting.” While that sounded like an ambitious claim, no one was ever disappointed. With that said, tourists and the local community are enjoying their presence. But what about the whale sharks?

While the tourists are taking their Instagram-worthy snaps, the whales are suffering the consequences.

The opportunity to swim with a whale shark is something that no one would want to pass up. However, the 100% success rate of Oslob in their promise of a whale shark encounter is doing more harm than good for the largest known extant fish species.

As it turns out, a whale shark encounter has effects of unethical practices on them, such as behavioral changes in the whale sharks’ natural eating habits. Since tourists are feeding them, the whale sharks have to swim to the surface in a vertical feeding position instead of swimming naturally with their mouths open sucking on their meal in the wild.

Since that are being fed continuously in Oslob, whale sharks don’t go out in the wild anymore. In short, it disrupts their migration patterns. If this will forever be the case, there’s a high chance that the entire species will eventually eradicate.

Because whale sharks have to swim towards the boats to be fed, they could sustain some injuries. The scars around their mouths are clear evidence of this.

Whale sharks are fed poorly in Oslob as they are given sergestid shrimps when they normally feast on planktons, sergestid shrimps, fish larvae, and arrow worms in the wild. Also, no tourists mean no food for the whale sharks.

Lastly, the local community doesn’t really teach proper etiquette to tourists who want to swim with the whale sharks. They continuously touch them, which is very unnecessary but had no idea that they were not supposed to do it.

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Here’s What Santa Claus Looks Like In Different Countries

#9 is a truly unique Yuletide tradition!

Most children believe in a big jolly man in a bright red suit and white beard carrying a sack full of toys during Christmas. However, Santa Claus doesn't look the same in other countries around the world. In some traditions, the generous being could be clad in green and sometimes isn't even a man at all.

The modern Saint Nicholas with his reindeers, chimney-climbing abilities, and trademark "Ho ho ho" became popular in the 19th century. While this is the jolly old Saint Nick we know, he has different faces, costumes, and personalities around the world. Here are a few of the different kinds of Santa Claus in other countries.

1. Père Noël or Papa Noël (France)

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The Wonder of Santa Margarida: A Chapel Built Inside A Volcano

It has been sitting there for more than 600 years.

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Amidst the vast land of Garrotxa, a comarca of Catalonia, Spain, lies a surrounding volcanic terrain in the Natural Park of La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone.

At the Natural Park of La Garrotxa, there are several walking routes that will lead tourists to an interesting awe-inspiring wonder.

The wonder of Santa Margarida.

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Western Australia’s ‘Most Haunted’ Building Rebrands Itself To Attract More Tourists

The place wants to prove that it has more to offer other than tales of horror.

While Oakabella Homestead has successfully marketed itself as the most haunted building in Western Australia - thanks to the tales of lost souls and malevolent spirits that once intrigued its guests - its new owners believe that its high time for its image to be changed.

The Oakabella Homestead was built in 1851, or 10 years earlier than its neighboring town, Northampton 460km from Perth, in the picturesque Chapman Valley. With the site’s eerie history, which includes multiple deaths including that of a 3-year old child and a worker who shot himself, it is easy to understand why its previous owners made money from ghost tours and scary stories.

Oakabella Homestead is considered to be the most haunted building in Western Australia.

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