Colorful Nudibranch

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.

Japanese Giant Salamander (Andrias japonicus)

Looks like a Godzilla, but the cute calm freshwater creature

Bo-chan

“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.

Very small Child Japanese Giant Salamander (about 3cm long)

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.

It’ not  Nessie. A salamander floating on the surface of the pool

You can enjoy the observation that salamanders that ascending to the water surface for breathing in the protected facility using an outdoor swimming pool.

Article: 尾鷲 Owase

The Under water flower garden

The Artificial Fish-reef

The Gyosho point is the garden of Marine flowers. Concrete blocs covered with many colorful soft corals. And it is a habitat for a lot of creatures. It is located south of the Kii peninsula. Mie, Japan.
The article linked (The web magazine TRiPE DiTOR) is in Japanese. But you can enjoy photos.

I introduced that place detailed also in Guide Book “New 50 Best Dives in Japan” (in English). On sale at Amazon.com

Article: 大瀬崎 Osezaki

The famous diving point where can watch ” Mt. Fuji”

The beach is full of families who enjoy swimming in summer

“A diving point where can see Mt. Fuji” from the web magazine ” TRiPE DiTOR” . It faces Suruga Bay in Higashi Izu. A wide variety of marine life can be seen. Linked articles are in Japanese, but please enjoy the photos.
We also introduced the location in detail in our guidebook “New 50 Best Dives in Japan”. Available on Amazon.com