Katsuren Peninsula: rich sea where coral reefs live

Katsuren Peninsula: rich sea where coral reefs live

Worldwide rare blue coral colony. According to diver Masayuki Tamae, the coral is spread over an area of 120 ×110 meters, at Yokobish reef (water depth about 4.4 meters). Off the coast of Uruma on September 23.


October 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Under the blue sea off the coast of Katsuren Peninsula, Uruma City, where helicopters belonging to Japanese Self-Defense Forces and U.S. military fly over frequently, precious coral colonies such as blue coral and Pavona cactus, commonly known as ‘lettuce coral’, abound. Small creatures, such as sea slugs and anemone fish, live there.

Masayuki Tamae, 60, from Henza Island, who works as a diver, said, “A rich natural environment remains in the sea of Uruma, but this is not known to people.”

Takaya Kinra, a Ryukyu Shimpo photographer who went diving in the sea in September, reports.

(English translation by T&CT)

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Mizutama coral Plerogyra sinuosa (front left) and Ishobana Melithaea flabellifera have a symbiotic relationship at Tsuken reef 20 (water depth of about 16 meters).

Mizutama coral Plerogyra sinuosa (front left) and Ishobana Melithaea flabellifera have a symbiotic relationship at Tsuken reef 20 (water depth of about 16 meters).

Colorful Chromodoris kuniei at Sand Way (water depth about 18 meters)

Colorful Chromodoris kuniei at Sand Way (water depth about 18 meters)

Hoplophrys oatesii or Candy crab mimics a soft coral Alcyonaria at Tsuken reef 20 (water depth about 9 meters).

Hoplophrys oatesii or Candy crab mimics a soft coral Alcyonaria at Tsuken reef 20 (water depth about 9 meters).

Huge hamasango corals or Porites cylindrica, which is 6 meters in diameter, at Yokobishi reef (water depth about 13 meters)

Huge hamasango corals or Porites cylindrica, which is 6 meters in diameter, at Yokobishi reef (water depth about 13 meters)

Komonshikoro coral (Pavona cactus), commonly known as ‘lettuce coral’, is 17 meters in diameter and 12 meters in height. Some parts of it have collapsed due to a typhoon. However, it is still spectacular. At Yokobishi reef (water depth about 5 meters)

Komonshikoro coral (Pavona cactus), commonly known as ‘lettuce coral’, is 17 meters in diameter and 12 meters in height. Some parts of it have collapsed due to a typhoon. However, it is still spectacular. At Yokobishi reef (water depth about 5 meters)

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