How To See Amazing Animals When You Travel - And Keep It Ethical

by Nina Zietman

HuffingtonPost.co.uk

 

If you want to scream every time you see a photo of someone cuddling a sedated tiger in a far-flung country on your Facebook feed, we feel you.

 

From Thailand to Tanzania, wild animals are often kept in captivity for entertainment purposes. Some are beaten with bull-hooks, others go insane from living in confined quarters. Just watch Blackfish and you'll see what we mean.

 

But it is possible to see the globe's most magnificent animals, without fueling their maltreatment. Here's how.

 

Whale Sharks

Whale sharks are the gentle giants of the ocean. Despite growing up to 12m in length, these sharks have no teeth; they just eat krill. The Philippines is one of the most popular places in the world to swim with whale sharks. However, in the town of Oslob, whale shark viewings have gotten out of hand.

 

Dozens of boats flock around the whale sharks each day. Their natural feeding patterns are disrupted by fishermen throwing krill into the water to attract these creatures for tourists, meaning t Whale sharks end up getting too close to boats and injured by the sharp propellers.

 


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