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2017/11/21

Underwater: the beautiful sea off Kikai Island, southern Japan

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Underwater shot off Kikai Island.  Large school of shiny silver-colored pygmy sweepers (Parapriacanthus ransonneti), made up of hundreds of fish.  The pygmy sweeper (Parapriacanthus ransonneti), a relative of the Japanese seabass (Lateolabrax japonicus), is a nocturnal, carnivorous fish which inhabits reefs and coral reefs and that feeds on zooplankton.  Kikai Island, which neighbors Amami Oshima Island, is approximately 380 km south of Kagoshima.  It is a raised coral island, which is still rising at an unusually fast rate (an average of 2 mm per year).  

 

Filmed:2016/8/3

ID number:NVBYT078

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