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The readers of this blog may think about the construction of a new U.S. military base, if you hear “Henoko and Oura Bay”.

However, Oura Bay is one of the pristine ocean areas that provides the habitat for various species.

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In 2007, a large-scale colony of “Blue Coral” (“Heliopora coerulea”) was found. Can you imagine a running track for a “50-meter race”, or a 25-meter swimming pool?

Could you imagine a running track for “50-meter race”, and also a 25-meter swimming pool? The height of 12 meters may be as high as a three-storied building.

This place is really like a forest. Here, I always have a curious sense of wonder, because I can look down the forest of corals.

I’m sure that you would be so excited to see the colony of Table Coral teeming with various tropical fish.

And even in the featureless corners of the sea, you may find small marine animals.

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Once, I told a young Japan Coast Guard officer that tropical fish here under the water asked me to tell him not to destroy the sea! Then he said to me, “I’ve heard that there are no corals in Oura Bay”.

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Does that mean he has been taught by his superior that there are no more corals in Henoko, Oura Bay, and so the government is allowed to construct a new base?

However, trust me, Henoko, Oura Bay is the sea of bio-diversity!

Big corals, baby corals, seagrasses, sea slugs, crabs…

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I asked him if he wants to give a military base to his kids as a present, or protect this beautiful sea and be able to enjoy swimming in it with his kids. He didn’t reply, but we know that when JCG officers don’t reply they mean the latter.

I think that those young JCG officers also want deep down inside to dive in the sea rather than be on the boat.

Beautiful scenery is spread out under the water!

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October 18, 2017

Original post (Japanese)
English translation by M.N.

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