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Strange Sealife to Be Shown In ‘Oceans’ Documentary

Big-headed fish to make

big screen debut

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The bulgyhead wrasse that lives in waters off Sado Island, Niigata Prefecture, may not have classic movie star looks, but the bulbous-headed fish is set to make its big-screen debut on Jan. 22 when the documentary “Oceans” premieres in Japan and around the world, featuring a section about the fish.

The bulgyhead wrasse species, or kobudai in Japanese, is affectionately known to local divers as the benkei fish because its head resembles a lump said to have been on the forehead of the legendary warrior monk Musashibo Benkei of the Heian period (794-1192).

The waters off Sado Island are a famous habitat for the species. People in the area hope the documentary will spark more interest in the island as a tourist spot.

“Oceans,” which was filmed with state-of-the-art techniques, highlights the mysterious marine life found in various seas around the world. The film’s Japanese edition is narrated by actress Rie Miyazawa.

More here.

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  1. April
    January 13, 2010 at 1:22 AM

    Yay for evolution! Yet more proof that animals adapt and evolve! Only a psycho couldn’t see evolution at work here. Thanks for posting this Binky, you’re helping to disprove that silly god-myth.

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