Category: ocean

Okinawa Churaumai Aquarium has a gorgeous mant…

Okinawa Churaumai Aquarium has a gorgeous manta ray that is almost solid black.

The Okinawa Churaumai Aquarium is the 3rd larg…

The Okinawa Churaumai Aquarium is the 3rd largest aquarium in the world.

Ama Beach on Zamami Island.

Ama Beach on Zamami Island.

Every day at high tide sea turtles swim up near the shore to eat the seagrasses.

I got to go snorkeling with the sea turtles here, which was absolutely wonderful. I regret to inform you that I do not own a waterproof camera, so you will have to trust me when I say the turtles were beautiful.

A statue of two whales(or one very strange wha…

A statue of two whales(or one very strange whale?) sits in the bay, waving at visitors to Zamami Island.

Welcome to Zamami island! Mosaics of ocean cre…

Welcome to Zamami island! Mosaics of ocean creatures welcome all the visitors who arrive by ferry.

Lighthouse I spotted as I was riding the ferry…

Lighthouse I spotted as I was riding the ferry to Zamami Island.

The seas were not smooth that day, and I spent the boat ride huddled in a corner trying not to vomit.

Naminoe Shrine looks out over the ocean and is…

Naminoe Shrine looks out over the ocean and is believed to protect sailors.

Welcome to Okinawa!

Welcome to Okinawa!

I love clouds.

I love clouds.

The sand dunes of Tottori are an oddity in Jap…

The sand dunes of Tottori are an oddity in Japan. The nearby Sendai River carries sand into the sea, and a combination of currents and winds carries that sand back up onto the shore, forming a large dune complex