Humpback whale family enjoys swiming in harbor in Tokashiki

Humpback whale family enjoys swiming in harbor in Tokashiki

A family of whales underwater, taken by Kazunori Nagatani

February 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo


As whale watching season reaches its peak, a family of humback whales was found swimming in the harbor near Tokashiki island for about four hours from 10:00 a.m. on February 14.

The family of whales was seen around Gusukujima and the Tokashiki harbor seawall starting February 13.

The whales remained around the same area.


A photographer living in Tokashiki village, Kazunori Nagatani, chartered a boat to take photographs of the whales.

He commented with satisfaction, “I have been taking photos of whales around Kerama over ten yeras, but this is the first time shooting a family of whales in the harbor.”

A family of humpback whales swimming in the Tokashiki harbor, taken by Hideaki Yoneda.


According to a villager, it is rare for whales to swim in the harbor.


Passengers on the Tokashiki Ferry and the Tokashiki Marine Liner that connects Naha and Tokashiki may also encounter whales on its path.



(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)


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