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Photo Journal: Rare glimpse

(Photo courtesy of the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute)

A Bryan's Shearwater seabird, called Ogasawara himemizunagidori in Japanese, that was designated as a nationally endangered species on Jan. 15, 2019, is seen in this recent photo. The species had been thought to be extinct since 1991 when it last seen in the Midway Islands in the North Pacific Ocean. However, in the Ogasawara Islands in Tokyo, six of the birds were found between 1997 and 2011, and a nesting site where 10 birds inhabit was found in 2015. The government also added 35 other species to its list of nationally endangered species of wild fauna and flora and prohibits capturing and trading the species.

    (Japanese original by Kazuhiro Igarashi, Science & Environment News Department)

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