Yaeyama Islands

Yaeyama Islands:

Ryukyu guardian

Ryukyu guardian

The Yaeyama Islands are an archipelago in the southwest of Okinawa Prefecture.The Yaeyama Islands are home to numerous species of subtropical plants and mangrove forests. The islands produce sugarcane and pineapples. Coral reefs around the islands are ideal habitats for dolphins, sea turtles, and larger fish such as manta rays and whale sharks. Before being wiped out by humans, whales and dugongs were common as well, and Yaeyama once had the largest population of dugongs in the Ryukyu Islands.

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