Five humpback whales spotted off Zamami Island

Five humpback whales spotted off Zamami Island

Shortly after noon of December 28 off the coast of Zamami Island it was confirmed that humpback whales have begun to migrate to the sea around the Kerama Islands. (Taken by Kiyoshi Miyagi)

December 29, 2011 Yoshikazu Miyazato correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of December 28, the first five humpback whales of this season were confirmed as being seen in the sea to the west side of Zamami Island. They are usually first seen in the middle of December, but this year sightings were delayed because of continued bad weather.

At around 9:00am, their migration was seen from an observation platform on the island. Kiyoshi Miyagi, who runs a diving business on Zamami, went whale watching with German tourists at an area eight kilometers from the island. They were able to see two bull whales and one cow whale and it seemed as though they were communicating with each other.

This continued for about an hour, after which two of the whales swam westwards in the direction of Kume Island.

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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