32 whales blow seawater – whale-watching season at peak in Zamami

32 whales blow seawater – whale-watching season at peak in Zamami

On March 2, humpback whales appeared near a boat in the sea around Zamami.


March 3, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

Whale-watching tours in the sea around Zamami Island have reached their season peak. On March 2, thirty-two whales were confirmed near the island. And tourists enjoyed seeing whales lift their heads above the sea surface and blow seawater.

There were more parents with calves among the humpback whales than usual this year.

Hiroyuki Kurashima, who visited the island from Hokkaido, said, “We can see humpback whales in Hokkaido, but I am happy because here we can see the whale parents with their children in what is a breeding area for them.”

The whale-watching season in Zamami is from January to March. Zamami Whale Watching Association will hold tours until April 5.

Hirokazu Otsubo, the director of the association said, “The whales are heading to their feeding site in Japan’s northern sea. We want whale watchers to visit as soon as possible.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)

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