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.