Lankayan waters received a surprise visit from two protected juvenile whale sharks on August 11 midday. To date, it has been seven sightings of whale sharks in Lankayan this year. Preferring warm waters, the filter-feeding sharks were sighted at a reef, 2.5km away from the island.
The sharks were first sighted by dive centre team of Lankayan Island Dive Resort. By the time Reef Guardian arrived, they only managed to see one shark that continues to circle their boat. The weather was bright and sunny while the waves were slightly choppy at the time of the sighting. In Malaysia, whale sharks are listed as threatened under the Fisheries (Control of Endangered Species of Fish) Regulations 1999, Fisheries Act 1985.
Langkayan described as a tiny jewel-shaped island surrounded by coral reefs, is part of the conversation area. If you are in Sabah to catch a glimpse of this friendly sea creature, visit Lankayan Island Dive Resort. And if you are only planning for a visit to Kota Kinabalu city, there are island activities as well, you can check out Leisure Scuba Diving Adventure in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP Island).