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Whale season begins in Kerama Archipelago region this week

Date Posted: 2005-12-29

Whales are wasting no time finding their way back to friendly waters of Okinawa.

Namami residents began talking in late November they were already hearing the siren song of whales.

Bad weather kept them from their boats, so they couldn’t head into the open waters to take pictures.

Ferry boat staff are the first to see the whales this season. Christmas Eve they saw seven large whales moving towards Zamami and Tokashiki Islands.

Observers say they could see the tail fins very clearly. The whales, they say, began to dance and provide a show. A local hotel owner, Hitoshi Miyagi, says she “was so excited to find a male whale.

He was blowing the water very high, then went down under the water.” She says “then came mother and child whales and they were jumping and dancing with their tail fins wiggling”. Others report three other whales singing too.

Kiyoshi Miyagi, the Whale Watching Association chairman, says “the weather recently became so cold that whales came to Zamami earlier than normal this year to have warm waters.” He predicts “this time it looks like many whales will visit our islands, so whale watching will start from next month.”

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