Leaving Lapinig for Maasin (Nov 20, 2009)
By: Arturo Valdez
usual departure time past 6AM, we left Lapinig for Maasin, Southern Leyte. Dark
rain clouds hang over our heads caused by the Low Pressure Area (LPA) 350kms in
northeastern Mindanao. Half way before Maasin, a Bantay Dagat/PCG motorized
banca met to guide “Diwata” safely to port. When we were about to turn left
towards Maasin Port, our look out saw a cluster of dark fins at a distance. We
abruptly changed course and moved closer to see a pod of whale sharks their
fins bobbing into the surface. Carina and Mike tried to come closer on board
the Tiririt but the mammals may have been bothered by the sound of a motor and
became scare. The next time we saw their dark fins, it was more than a hundred
meters while farther out, we saw part of the pod leisurely bobbing away most
likely feeding in this rich fishing ground.
It was such a beauty and a joy to behold Nature’s wondrous creation - no matter how brief was the encounter.