NTV team succeed in filming dugong in the sea off coast of Nago

NTV team succeed in filming dugong in the sea off coast of Nago

The team of the NTV filmed an endangered species dugong in the sea off the cost of Kayo, Nago, on August 23. (Photograph taken from the program aired by the NTV.)


August 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

At 1:30 p.m. on August 22, the team of Nippon Television Network Corporation (NTV) successfully filmed the endangered Okinawan dugong underwater off the coast of Kayo in Nago. The NTV aired the film across the nation at 6:00 p.m. on August 24. According to the NTV, a member of the team spotted the dugong from their airplane and contacted colleagues riding in a boat. Staff cameraman Junpei Simizu approached the dugong under water and succeeded in filming it. On August 24, they captured a rare scene in which the dugong came swimming towards the camera.

The dugong appears to be a male adult witnessed often in the sea off the coast of Kayo. This animal has the split tail fin. The team of the NTV successfully filmed dugongs on May in 2007.

(English translation by T&CT)

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