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Big blue marlin caught off the coast of Kumejima

Big blue marlin caught off the coast of Kumejima

January 31, 2014 Yoko Morinaga, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 30, the day before the New Year of the old calendar, a big blue marlin or kurokawakajiki, 4 meters long and weighing 333 kilograms was caught on Kumejima Island. Captain Kunio Nakamichi, 63, a member of the Kumejima Fishery Cooperative, caught the big fish after a struggle of about two hours.

Nakamichi said with a big smile, “This is the first time that I have caught such a large marlin. I can celebrate...

 

Two whales swim raising a spray of water off Kunigami

Two whales swim raising a spray of water off Kunigami

January 22, 2014 Katsuyoshi Oshiro, correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of January 11, two humpback whales swam 200 meters off the coast of the Ginama district of Kunigami Village. They moved slowly, occasionally shooting up a spray of water and slamming their tail fins into the surface.

In...

Pure white flowers in full bloom in northern Okinawa

Pure white flowers in full bloom in northern Okinawa

July 24, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

With the rainy season having finished, pure white flowers are in full bloom in the northern area of Okinawa. Their outstanding beauty captivates people in the lead-up to midsummer.

Tarenna gracilipes are found from the southern area of Kyushu down to Okinawa...

Sunflowers in full bloom in Haebaru

Sunflowers in full bloom in Haebaru

July 11, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

About 25,000 sunflowers now as high as two meters are in full bloom in a 1,980 square-meter field in Miyahira, Haebaru. Local resident Shinsuke Arakaki owns the field.

Haebaru Town and the Town Tourist Association celebrated the sunflowers on July 10, but...

Powderpuff trees bloom at night

Powderpuff trees bloom at night

June 6, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

Sagaribana powderpuff trees are blooming along the avenue by the Palette Kumoji shopping mall in Kumoji, Naha, creating an even more attractive night downtown. Adorable pink or white flowers with a subtle fragrance delight passers-by.

Sagaribana are mainly...

Capybara appeared at Arakawa river escapes

Capybara appeared at Arakawa river escapes

June 1, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

A capybara was spotted in the Arakawa River in Ishigaki on the evening of the May 27. Firefighters rushed to the scene after being notified by residents but they failed to capture the animal, which fled at a pace belying its appearance. The animal, which may have...

Spoonbill recovers to return to the wild

Spoonbill recovers to return to the wild

February 15, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 14, as its caregivers looked on, the black-faced spoonbill that had been receiving medical treatment in an animal hospital in Naha since the end of last year was safely released back to the wild. Its injuries have healed but the bird was becoming...

Yambaru kuina returned to forest

<em>Yambaru kuina</em> returned to forest

December 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On December 19, a male Yambaru kuina or Okinawan rail that was saved from an attack by crows near the Okuni Forest Road in Taiho, Ogimi Village was released back into the forest. The place in which the Okinawan rail was rescued is at the southern limit...

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium finds a new species Galathea Chura

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium finds a new species Galathea Chura

April 18, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 17, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium announced that the unfamiliar galatheoidea (a superfamily of decapod crustaceans comprising some squat lobsters and porcelain crabs) that they found is a new species of galathea, or squat lobster. The staff member of the...

Black-faced spoonbill flies into the sky over Tomigusuku after having treatment

Black-faced spoonbill flies into the sky over Tomigusuku after having treatment

March 15, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 14, a black-faced spoonbill that had been entangled in fishing line recovered from its troubled situation flew into the sky over the Toyosaki mudflats, Tomigusuku. Two staff members of the Nature Conservation Section of the Okinawa Prefectural Government...

The Ministry of the Environment looks after a black-faced spoonbill

The Ministry of the Environment looks after a black-faced spoonbill

March 12, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the evening of March 11, a black-faced spoonbill that had been found with a fishing line wrapped around its beak on March 4 at the mud flats in the southern part of the main island, was taken into care.

From around 4:30pm that day, more than a dozen people...

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