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Bird Week: protecting young ones with parental love

Bird Week: protecting young ones with parental love

May 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

Bird Week began on May 10. Many wild birds can be seen resting by the “Triangle Pond” in Yone, Tomigusuku City. On May 8, bystanders witnessed a pair of waterhens drive back a grey heron for approaching their nest. Also on May 8 at Ryutan located in Shurimawashi Town, Naha City, a family of Muscovy ducks were seen taking a stroll and looking comfortable under the warm sun.

(English translation by T&CT and Chelsea Ashimine)

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Sea turtles raised from artificial hatching of eggs produced by mother that died in accident released

Sea turtles raised from artificial hatching of eggs produced by mother that died in accident released

October 15, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On the night of October 4, at a beach of Kijoka, Ogimi, the Okinawa Churashima Foundation’s Research Center released ten baby turtles. They were from artificially raised and hatched eggs, which were taken from a female green sea turtle that was run over...

Katsuren Peninsula: rich sea where coral reefs live

Katsuren Peninsula: rich sea where coral reefs live

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’,...

Taketomi Town to create “Iriomote Wild Cat Day”

September 19, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Taketomi Town Office will mark ‘Iriomote Yamaneko no Hi’ (Iriomote Wild Cat Day) on April 15 of every year. This year was the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Iriomote Wild Cat, a special national treasure. The wild cat can only be found...

Churashima Foundation confirms a new type of wrasse fish, never before collected for study in Japan

Churashima Foundation confirms a new type of wrasse fish, never before collected for study in Japan

July 31, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

An Okinawa Churashima Foundation research group, including Kei Miyamoto, confirmed that a species of fish found near Sesoko Island in Motobu Town is a new type of wrasse. Other reports of this type of wrasse have been made in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Taiwan....

A baby elephant meets the Okinawan public

A baby elephant meets the Okinawan public

April 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Visitors to Okinawa Zoo and Museum got their first chance to meet a new baby Indian elephant on April 11. About 500 people turned up to catch a glimpse of the female calf and her mother Ryuka. The baby spent much of her time in the spotlight snuggling up to her...

Aged dolphin with artificial tail fin dies at Okinawa aquarium

Aged dolphin with artificial tail fin dies at Okinawa aquarium

November 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 2, the Ocean Expo Park Management Center announced that Fuji, the female bottlenose dolphin which was fitted with an artificial tail fin, died November 1 of infectious hepatitis.

Fuji was estimated to be around 45 years old. She was the second...

Children save owlet from a crow attack in Ogimi

Children save owlet from a crow attack in Ogimi

June 25, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 4, 14 pupils from fifth and sixth grade of Kijoka Elementary School in Ogimi saved a baby Ryukyu collared scops owl (Otus lempiji pryeri) from a crow attack and returned the bird to the parent. They were delighted the owlet was returned safely. The pupils...

Okinawa woodpecker habitats move south to Nago area

June 19, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Special Natural Monument the Okinawa woodpecker, which lives mainly in three villages, including Kunigami, Ogimi and Higashi, has moved its habitat to mountain forest in the Genka district of Nago. The Yambaru Wildlife Conservation Center confirmed the habitat shift...

Okinawa woodpeckers raise their babies in Takae

Okinawa woodpeckers raise their babies in Takae

May 9, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A member of a volunteer group confirmed that a rare bird with special national heritage status, is raising babies in the forest of Takae, Higashi. Chosei Tamaki, 74, the head of an environmental NGO, discovered an Okinawa woodpecker (or Noguchigera) nest just before...

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...

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