Latest Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium Stories

2007-06-21 04:05:00

TOKYO (AP) - A giant manta ray baby that was believed to be the first born in captivity died Thursday after being abused by its father, Japanese keepers said. The female baby manta was born Saturday at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, more than a year after its parents mated. The baby manta, which was more than 6 feet wide, was pronounced dead Thursday morning after living only 4 1/2 days, the aquarium said in a statement. "To our greatest regret, (the baby) didn't last very long, despite our...

2007-06-17 09:00:00

By MARI YAMAGUCHI TOKYO - What is believed to be the first giant manta ray born in captivity has arrived at a southern Japanese aquarium, the facility said Sunday. The baby manta, a female, was born late Saturday in a huge fish tank at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, more than a year after its parents mated, the aquarium said in a statement posted Sunday on its Web site. In a video capturing the birth, the baby manta, rolled up like a tube, came sliding out of the mother manta, then quickly...

2005-03-12 16:26:34

TOKYO (AFP) -- A dolphin, equipped with what is believed to be the world's first artificial fin, demonstrated her swimming and jumping skills to celebrate her recovery at a Japanese aquarium. The dolphin, named Fuji, carried a message in a case with her mouth, splashed the water with a giant jump and climbed onto a stage in front of 750 spectators at the Churaumi Aquarium on the sub-tropical island of Okinawa. "She waved her rubber fin a good-bye at the end of the 20-minute demonstration in...

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