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Bearded mudskippers enjoy the spring weather

Bearded mudskippers enjoy the spring weather

March 7, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 7 courtship displays by rare bearded mudskippers (tokagehaze or Scartelaos histophorus) were seen on the tidal flats in Fusozaki, Nanjo. Because the temperature was relatively high, the mudskippers stand up to attract each other before cuddling up with their partners. The timing is early this year, with this behavior normally witnessed around the end of March into April.

The bearded mudskipper or tokagehaze in Japanese is an...

 

Black-faced spoonbill has its beak hooked in the same kind of accident that occurred four years ago

Black-faced spoonbill has its beak hooked in the same kind of accident that occurred four years ago

March 5, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On March 4 in the southern part of Okinawa’s main island, a black-faced spoonbill, a species listed by the Ministry of Environment as “critically endangered” on its Red List, was found with a fishhook in its beak. A similar accident occurred four years ago,...

Black-faced Spoonbills enjoy sunbathing at Tomigusuku.

Black-faced Spoonbills enjoy sunbathing at Tomigusuku.

February 15, 2012 Photograph by Hiroaki Yamashiro

A high-pressure zone over the Okinawa region on February 14 brought blue skies and a summer-like day. A temperature of 26.5 degrees was recorded at Hateruma and on the Iriomote Islands, and in Naha it was 25 degrees, the sort of temperatures...

Seahorses swim gracefully at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Seahorses swim gracefully at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

January 1, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

As it does every year, to celebrate the Year of the Dragon the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu organized a special display of creatures. Visitors enjoyed watching sea horses and other creatures named after dragons as they swam gracefully in their tanks.

The...

Five humpback whales spotted off Zamami Island

Five humpback whales spotted off Zamami Island

December 29, 2011 Yoshikazu Miyazato correspondent of Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of December 28, the first five humpback whales of this season were confirmed as being seen in the sea to the west side of Zamami Island. They are usually first seen in the middle of December, but this year sightings...

Number of accidents involving Okinawa rail and Ryukyu long-haired rats reaches a record-high

Number of accidents involving Okinawa rail and Ryukyu long-haired rats reaches a record-high

November 3, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 2, the Ministry of the Environment’s Naha Nature Conservation Office announced numbers confirmed at the end of November 1 for accidents on roads involving Yanbarukuina or Okinawa rails and Ryukyu long-haired rats. The figures released represent...

Bat causes outage for 2700 households in the Gushikawa area

November 5, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 4 at 7:36pm, a bat came in contact with an electric wire in Nishihara, Uruma City, causing a temporary outage for up to 2700 households centered on the Gushikawa area of Uruma City. According to the Okinawa Electric Power Company (OEPC), the supply...

World’s longest habu snake

World's longest habu snake

November 1, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 31, the Okinawa Prefectural Institute of Health and Environment in the city of Nanjo put the world’s longest habu on display to the public. It is 2.42 meters long and weighs around 2.9 kilograms.
The previous record was 2.41 meters for a specimen...

Several non-native toads captured – a threat to the ecosystem

Several non-native toads captured - a threat to the ecosystem

October 24, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Cane toads, which are designated as an invasive alien species due to their harmful effect on the ecosystem, have been identified and captured on a regular basis in Urasoe City. According to the Ministry of the Environment Naha Nature Conservation Office, 550 of...

World’s largest sea cucumber found in Iriomote

World’s largest sea cucumber found in Iriomote

October 9, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 21, an example of the world’s largest synaptid sea cucumber, the kurenaiooikarinamako, was found in Funaura Bay in Iriomote Island, Taketomi Town. Toru Naruse, an assistant professor of the Tropical Biosphere Research Center University of the...

Eclair-like sea cucumbers found in waters near Okinawa, but “the taste is far from the sweet”

Eclair-like sea cucumbers found in waters near Okinawa, but

September 10, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

Daisuke Ueno, a fellow of the Department of Science of University of the Ryukyu who specializes in Aquarium parasitology, and his research group, recently found a sea cucumber that resembles the western confectionery éclair at several locations in the waters...

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