Strange Breeding Grounds of Rhinoceros Auklet and Observatory Floats on Sea -Akaiwa Observatory in Teuri Island-
July 5th, 2016
Akaiwa Observatory (赤岩展望台) is located on the south end of Teuri Island (天売島) and is famous as breeding grounds of Rhinoceros Auklet (ウトウ) and Common Murre (オロロン鳥). 800,000 Rhinoceros Auklets have digged myriads of holes around Akaiwa Lighthouse (赤岩灯台). A scenery is very strange, and tourists will get a mysterious impression. A visitor route is built on the site, and the visitors can observe the breeding grounds of Rhinoceros Auklet closely. The breeding season is from June through August. I was not able to watch the Rhinoceros Auklets when I came, but I watched a situation that a young Rhinoceros Auklet was eaten by a crow. I felt sad about that. There are a free parking lot and a restroom at the site. Admission free and the parking lot is free of charge.
The observatory which project outward the sea is very powerful, and the visitors can look over Akaiwa rock (赤岩) with 48 m in height that is an origin of name under eyes. Around Akaiwa rock, Common Murre, endangered species, makes the breeding grounds, but about 40 Common Murre come flying every year. 9 Common Murre leave the nest in 2013, and individuals increase little by little. I want them to do their very best. In addition, the visitors can watch the breeding grounds of seabirds such as Japanese Cormorant and Pelagic Cormorant.
Atmosphere of Akaiwa Observatory Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||A parking lot is provided (5 cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||929 275 443*73|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Teuri.
|Yamada Minshuku(山田民宿)||Only Tel:+81-1648-3-5151|
|Minshuku Yoshida Ryokan(民宿吉田旅館)||Only Tel:+81-1648-3-5251|
|Guest House Teure(ゲストハウス天宇礼)|
A page of Teuri Island is here