Albay Gulf

Albay Gulf is a large gulf in the Bicol Peninsula of Luzon island in the Philippines.

Albay Gulf
An aerial view of the gulf beside Legazpi City with Mayon Volcano in the background
Albay Gulf
Location within the Philippines
Albay Gulf
Albay Gulf (Philippines)
LocationBicol Peninsula
Coordinates13°11′17″N 123°55′51″E

Whale shark sightings

The place has been one of the tourist spots in the province because of the frequent sightings of whale sharks (known as butanding in the local vernacular) in the coastal areas. The government has taken actions requesting concerned sectors to test whether the number of plankton, the whale shark's primary food source, was adequate for the species' sustenance. In 1997, whale sharks were sighted in the town of Donsol in Sorsogon. Their presence led to the town's receiving the moniker whale shark capital of the world.[1][2]


  1. Arguelles, Mar S. (22 February 2014). "Butanding' appearance excites Legazpi folk, execs". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  2. Arguelles, MS (29 August 2006). "Mt. Mayon viewers get bonus from presence of whale sharks in Albay Gulf". Philippine Information Agency. Philippine Information Agency. Archived from the original on 25 March 2007. Retrieved 2 February 2016.

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