Seal appears in the sea of Tokashiki Island

Seal appears in the sea of Tokashiki Island

A seal was found in the sea of Tokashiki Island on June 24. (Photograph taken by Hideaki Yoneda.)

June 25, 2014 Hideaki Yoneda correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 24, a seal originating from the North Sea was confirmed to be swimming in the sea near Tokashiki Island. At 8:30 a.m. on the same day, Kazuhiro Tamaki and Hayato Nakamura, members of the Tokashiki Fishery Association, found a seal in a puddle of water between rocks in the southernmost part of the island during their routine patrol to monitor suku or rabbit fishes. At first, they could not believe the scene – a seal was swimming before them. They had never seen such an animal in Okinawa before.

The animal is about one meter long with black patches on its gray back. When the fishermen got close to the seal to feed it saury and krill, it was swimming energetically and ate the food. A few local residents and tourists who heard the news came to see the seal. They could not take their eyes off it.

According to the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu, there is no record of a seal ever being sighted in Okinawa.

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)

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