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Monthly Archives: June 2009

Sea Turtle Egg Laying at Ohama Beach

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An article from the July 9 Tokushima Newspaper.

Late on Monday, July 7, the first sea turtle of the season appeared to lay eggs on Ohama Beach, one of Tokushima Prefecture’s few sea turtle egg laying spots. This first appearance is 12 days later than the first appearance last year, and marks the second appearance of a sea turtle on the beach after the first sighting on May 13 this year.

The medium-sized turtle had a shell of 84cm long and 66cm wide, and weighed approximately 85kg. Nishikawa Akira (61), a member of the local sea turtle watch saw the turtle digging a hole approximately 10m from the sruf at around 3:00am in the morning. The turtle layed 117 eggs over the space of 20 minutes and returned to the sea at 4:40am.

Due to the possibility of the eggs being washed away by a high tide, they were shifted to an incubator in the Sea Turtle Museum Karetta nearby in Hiwasa. The date for incubation is August 1.

“I was really touched to see the efforts of the mother sea turtle laying her eggs,” commented Kazuko Kawamoto, a housewife from Osaka who joined as many as 70 tourists who had come to watch the egg laying, waving as the turtle returned to the ocean.

Furthermore, a sighting of a sea turtle was made at Shirahama Beach on July 6. This marks the 6th appearance of a sea turtle on this beach this season, but  no egg layings have been reported so far.

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Swine Flu Confirmed in Tokushima

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A message from the Tokushima Prefectural Government. The original message can be found here.

On Tuesday, June 2, a women recently returned from a stay in the US was confirmed by the Tokushima Health Care Centre as being infected by the swine flu.

However, due to following instructions from the prefecture on the correct behaviour after returning from a trip abroad, the patient has had little contact with other people since their return, and there is little possibility of the infection spreading.

Accordingly, Tokushima Prefectural Government has released the following statement:

1. After graduating from university in New York City in the US, the patient returned to Japan and then Tokushima. Shortly afterwards, the patient contacted the Swine Flu Hotline, and has been reported as having little close contact with other people since. Therefore, there is NO current need for the temporary suspension of schools, kindergartens, facilities for the elderly and other facilities.

2. There is no need for any public facilities to be closed at current, and no events need to be cancelled as a result of the confirmation of infection.