Besides Raja Ampat, Cendrawasih Bay National Park is also one of the best dive-sites in the archipelago; the whaleshark is the best and most attractive attraction in this marine park located in the Eastern area of Indonesia. Visit Cendrawasih Bay National Park and explore the amazing marine landscape where the amazing whalesharks inhabit.
In a palpable yet beautiful silence of the deep blue sea of Cendrawasih Bay National Park, here is the largest marine conservation area in Indonesia. The Cendrawasih Bay National Park is home for diverse fishes, coral reefs, algae, and other underwater biota. The bounty of the sea in national park area should be maintained and preserved well so the future generations can still benefit from the marine life.
Anchovies or small fishes trapped in the the fishermen’s floating platforms (bagan) attract the whaleshark. The whaleshark in the picture is trying to eat the small fishes, but apparently the net fails the whaleshark’s effort. However, this action of the whaleshark causes some fishes die. The dead fishes will later be thrown away by the fishermen and the whaleshark can finally feed on them.
A number of whalesharks are interested in anchovies trapped in the fishermen’s floating platforms, called bagan in Kwatisore, Cendrawasih Bay National Park. The biggest whaleshark ever found in the national park weighs of about 15 tonnes and is 14 meters length. The whaleshark is categorized as an endangered animal based on International Union for the Conservation of Nature dan Resources.
The whaleshark which can be seen in all seasons in Cendrawasih Bay National Park is a unique phenomenon and thus becomes a special attraction to the national park. The whaleshark, unlike the other kind of sharks, has no sharp and large teeth. This ancient fish doesn’t need that kind of teeth since it feeds on planktons and small fishes. To feed on them, the whaleshark will suck the sea water around it and then filter the food from the water.