Whip coral garden at Nagase point, Owase, Mie, Japan. This is an inner bay point, but the tide is often fast. So, we can enjoy many kinds of soft coral. I like the whip coral garden. Whip coral is an invertebrate with long, whip-like branches covered in tiny polyps. are living on a big rock. The scenery a lot of the whip coral standing in the dim sea bed is very mysterious. Owase, Mie, Japan March 21 2020 -18m
This is a small campsite where is along the Akame river. This river is downstream of Akame 48waterfall. This river around this campsite was broken by the flood at Typhoon over 10years ago. So that waterbed is artificial. This artificial riverbed has been made fish road and the cave for Giant Salamander. I’m planning a research river trip to find Giant Salamander in Summer.
When a diver illuminates up a gorgonian which looks like a large fan by his underwater flashlight, often, he may find out something reflecting in the light. Looking closely, he will see a very small shrimp staying on the branch. This is Hamodactylus noumeae( Commensal Shrimp). “Isobana-Kakure-Ebi” in Japanese. They are very tiny shrimps, around 0.5cm. The purple body seen through a transparent exoskeleton is beautiful. Body-color is depending on a host gorgonian color. Moreover, most of the body is transparent, so it is hard to find. They are also masters of camouflage and Ninja under the sea.
Do you know Kunoichi? Kunoichi means the Female Ninja. They are hiding, sometimes as a waitress, sometimes a teacher, sometimes as a wife, and performing spy activities. Kunoichi is an expert in camouflage. Kunoichi is there in the sea also. Elegant Squat Lobster, Allogalathea elegans (Adams & White, 1848) is one of them. This pic is not brand new. Several years ago, I took this. Today, I was checking my photos, and I find this. She was hiding in a feather star with her eggs a long time. Owase, Mie, Japan
This pic is not brand new. But my favorite. This guy is very tiny. Under 5mm long. Always behind seaweed or rock for hiding. And moving quickly. So it is so hard finding it out. Fortunately, the guide I was diving with was excellent. He has good eyes. And has the knowledge for this guy. Its favorite place or appearance time and so on. This seahorse had not had the scientific name longtime from it was discovered. Japanese divers have been calling it Japapigu longtime. Japapigu is the shortens the name from Japanse pygmy seahorse. This name is spreading to the world through the internet, the scientific name is named after this colloquial Japanese name.
Inside an artificial reef: The stacked concrete blocks covered with colorful soft coral. It looks like a cave. It built only about 20 years ago. The power of the ocean is excellent. Anything humanmade is reforming easy and makes returning to nature. at Hasama, Chiba, Japan
The Fall season has been coming to Japan. The color of the leaves is changing to red or yellow. The color of the blue sky is getting deep.
Yesterday, my article about the scenery of sunset carried on the web magazine “Taiken Japan.”
It is about the sunset scene that Japanese pampas grass is making Fantastic Golden Time.
Ceratosoma trilobatum (J. E. Gray, 1827) Nishiki Umiushi
Ceratosoma trilobatum (J. E. Gray, 1827)
This is a very common Nudibranch, but one of my favorite. This guy was hanging on an isolated small rock on the mud bottom. -18m. 26℃.
At Owase, Mie, Japan. The water is hotter comper with the ordinary year. Set, 26, 2019
This nudibranch is called Nisiki Umiushi as the common name in Japan.
Nishiki is a generic term for silk fabrics woven using various colored yarns. So, Nishiki often is used term to refer to vivid and beautiful things.
Looks like a Godzilla, but the cute calm freshwater creature
“Bo-chan” is this salamander’s name. It means Sleepy, Calm, Quiet… Local elementary school students named that from his attitude. He is the mascot of the Nabari Local Museum. From child salamanders that have gills to an adult-like Bo-chan, a lot of salamanders can be seen here.
Japanese giant salamanders are one of the largest Amphibians.
According to Wikipedia, Japanese giant salamanders can grow to be five feet long (160 cm) and 55 pounds (25 kg). The largest wild specimen on record weighed 26.3 kg and was 136 cm long.
Bo-chan is 57cm long, 1.45kg now. It is looking forward to how long he can grow.
Nabari city, is a small city at a high land, central Kii peninsula located center of the mainland. This region was a part of the old Ninja Village. The Akame 48 waterfalls which are located in the mountain area of this city was the place where Ninja training. This mysterious spot is also home of the Japanese Giant Salamander.
The Japanese giant salamander is endemic to Japan and protected as a special natural monument in 1951. The are easily hybridizes with Chinese giant salamanders, which were introduced to Japan. To protect against genetic contamination, the separation program is running. This museum is one of the places like that.
You can enjoy the observation that salamanders that
ascending to the water surface for breathing in the protected facility using an
outdoor swimming pool.