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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 longest-living dolphin in Japan.

According to the center, the dolphin started losing her appetite, and swimming and breathing unsteadily from the beginning of October.

Fuji was brought...

 

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...

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...

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