Ishikawa, Feb 06 (News On Japan) - The popular wild dolphin-watching tours on the Noto Peninsula were suspended due to the impact of an earthquake, but tour guides are tirelessly working towards their resumption. Satomi Sakashita started the dolphin-watching tours in 2005, attracting nearly 4,000 participants annually before the pandemic. However, the earthquake has left the future of these tours uncertain.
In Nanao Bay, a pod of 17 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins has made its home.
Satomi Sakashita, Noto Island Marine Resort (62): "Please don't give up, we will definitely come. Encouraged by such messages, I feel like we have no choice but to keep going."
Although it has not been possible to confirm the safety of all dolphins following the earthquake, Sakashita and her team are determined to continue monitoring the dolphins and aim for the tours' revival.