While on patrol a police sergeant arrests a large squid with some help from a friend

While on patrol a police sergeant arrests a large squid with some help from a friend

Sergeant Yoshihara uplifts the large “seika” or diamond squid found when out on his morning patrol, at around 8:00am on May 18 at the Tokashiki Fishing Port.

May 22, 2011 by Hideaki Yoneda correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

At around 7:30am on May 18, when out on patrol Sergeant Sadao Yoshihara of the Tokashiki Village Police Station found a large squid, known as “sodeika” or diamond squid, floating alive in water about 50 centimeters deep near the edge of the surf at Tokashiki Fishing Port. He and a friend caught it by hand. The squid was about one meter in length and weighed 13 kilograms.

Sodeika are known as “seika” in the Okinawan dialect, and are caught in the deep sea. According to fishermen, now is the season when these squid come close to shore to spawn.

Every morning, as part of his routine, in front of the Tokashiki Elementary and Junior High School gate Yoshihara keeps an eye on the school children and instructs them on road safety.
On 18 May, he found this large squid while he was out on patrol before the children came out to go to school. The first big-catch for him as a Tokashiki police sergeant, with a smile on his face, he said, “This proves that good things happen if you get up early.The early police sergeant catches the big squid.”

Many school children and teachers came up to touch the squid. The sergeant reported that fillets of the catch were distributed to everyone to eat raw as sashimi or cooked.

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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