Tag Archives: Tubbataha Reef

#16 Tubbataha Reef

Tubbataha Reef is an atoll coral reef located in the Sulu Sea, Mindanao, southern Philippines.  A marine sanctuary protected under the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park administration, Tubbataha is located around 98 nautical miles (181 km) southeast of Puerto Princesa,the capital city of Palawan Province.

According to Wikipedia facts, the reef is made up of two coral atolls divided by an eight-kilometer (five miles) wide channel. Declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in December 1993, it is under protective management by the Philippines Department of National Defense (DND).

Tubbataha’s coral walls is known to divers for its great depths and provide habitats for many colonies of fish and sea life such as giant jacks, hammerhead sharks, barracudas, manta rays, palm-sized Moorish idols, moray eels and even the endangered hawksbill sea turtles

Hopefully UNESCO’s support can help enforce environmental regulations in the high seas considering the impact of commercial and indiscriminate fishing that is happening in Philippine waters.

Mabuhay ang Tubbataha Reef!

1 Comment

Filed under Nature, Places