I was born in Aomori and grew up in Aomori, but I did not know that a large number of dolphins would come to Mutsu Bay from May to June every year.
Perhaps, among the locals, "It snows in winter" and "a dolphin comes in May" may have been the same feeling, and not particularly anxious.
However, for people like me who live inland in the same Aomori prefecture
"Does the dolphins come? I want to see it!"
I think very attractive things.
In fact, there is a tour where you can watch the dolphins traveling around the bay!
- Wild dolphin watching on the Mutsu Bay ferry! ?
- A tour 2019 overview where dolphins may be present
- How to enjoy dolphins Part 1. Enjoy the nature of Mutsu Bay!
- How to enjoy dolphins Part 2. Thank you for meeting!
- It is okay if you can not see wild dolphins! We are also going to see the dolphins at the Asamushi Aquarium
Wild dolphin watching on the Mutsu Bay ferry! ?
You may be able to watch wild dolphins by riding the Mutsu Bay ferry from Kanita Port to Wakinosawa Port, from the end of April to June each year.
A flock of dolphins who have moved north from the south of the Sea of Japan in pursuit of the sardines that feed on them enter the bay.
The peak is from June 1st to June 10th, and there is the highest chance of encountering a large number of wild dolphins even from the Mutsu Bay ferry route.
On June 1st, 2019, a tour was held to watch wild dolphins from the top of the ferry, so I joined with my daughter.
Is it possible to meet wild dolphins?
A tour 2019 overview where dolphins may be present
※ As publication information becomes thing of 2019, it is for reference
8:20 Have the bus pick up at Shin-Aomori Station
9:20 Kanita Port departure
↓ Mutsu Bay ferry boarding dolphin watching (1 hour)
10:20 Wakinosawa port arrival
（We did not get off. We were not sightseeing. Because it was a tour to see dolphins.）
10:50 Wakinosawa port departure
↓ Mutsu Bay ferry boarding dolphin watching (1 hour)
11:50 Kanita Port arrival
12:00 Lunch in the bus
↓ To Asamushi Aquarium
Asamushi aquarium visit & dolphin performance appreciation
15:58 Disbanded at Asamushi Station
★There is also an optional tour（After going to the Asamushi Aquarium, we will go on a fishing boat to watch dolphins）
It is a tour that is irresistible for people who like dolphins!!
As we can choose pick-up place with Aomori Station, Shin-Aomori Station, we get on at "Shin-Aomori Station".
This tour has 17 participants. Those who have participated from far in Tokyo and Osaka!
The attendants will accompany you, so we will arrive at Kanita Port in a hurry while listening to pleasant stories.
When you arrive at Kanita Port, get off the bus, take a restroom break, and quickly get on the ferry.
In this tour, Mr. Kiyokawa of Aomori University, who has long been studying the ecology of dolphins in Mutsu Bay, accompanied us as a guide. He will explain about dolphins in Mutsu Bay in various ways.
As we do not have many opportunities to take a ferry, not only children but also adults are tension max at this point
(A person with motion sickness is required to stop getting drunk)
Mr. Kiyokawa will explain in detail the ecology of Mutsu Bay dolphins from the time you get on the ship until the ship leaves.
The dolphins that come to Mutsu Bay are mostly "Kamika" species, and it is also possible to occasionally see minke whales and northern fur seals.
Mutsu Bay is also a breeding ground for kamika, and there is also a chance to meet dolphins!
As I have never seen "wild dolphins", listening to such an explanation will further stimulate the feeling to meet dolphins.
And, we left!
How to enjoy dolphins Part 1. Enjoy the nature of Mutsu Bay!
First of all, the name of this tour is "a tour that may have dolphins".
Exactly! As the name suggests, let's join on the premise that we can not always see if we can meet wild dolphins.
As it is a wild dolphin, it can not be fed. And we do not know where the dolphins are in Mutsu Bay.
Moreover, because of the route to return to and from the bay of the bay bay ferry (not to approach the dolphins), we have a style of waiting for dolphins to come near the ship.
Looking for dolphins throughout the one-hour boat trip without knowing when and where it will be difficult. So, let's turn your eyes for a moment.
The wilderness of the peninsula, which surrounds Mutsu Bay, is a healing beauty where daily fatigue and stress go through just by looking at it. Please enjoy not only the sea surface but also the surrounding scenery.
The weather was great, especially on this day, so it was a great location! (Although the wind is cold in June, jackets are essential)
How to enjoy dolphins Part 2. Thank you for meeting!
As I said many times, the other party is a "wild" dolphin.
Dolphins don't matter to us. They are where they want to be and, of course, they don't come near if you call them. That's wild.
However, when I participated this time, I experienced that a considerable number of dolphins roamed around the channel. There are a lot of dolphins. It depends on their luck whether they look near or far, but I felt that many dolphins were swimming!
Only a few dolphins could see the way out. However, on the return route from the right "I have dolphins!" From the left "Jumped!" The cheers of joy that met wild dolphins rose one after another. (The tour participants are divided into right and left looking for dolphins)
The flock of birds also appears in some places, and the dolphin jumps when waiting for it!
On the return trip, I was able to observe it as close as I was excited to say “Oh!”, But this was the limit with my camera and my skill.
If you want to take a real dolphin photo, please take a camera like a telescope.
I am satisfied with my eyes, so this is enough. (It is not a loss hate)
However, if you are lucky, dolphins can run parallel to the ferry like this!
（It is a video that is introduced in the Mutsu Bay Ferry's website）
It would be great if you could see such a dolphin!
After a two hour round trip dolphin watching and staying excited, we moved to the bus for lunch time. we go to the Asamushi aquarium while eating a lunch.
It is okay if you can not see wild dolphins! We are also going to see the dolphins at the Asamushi Aquarium
Speaking of Asamushi Aquarium, dolphin show! However, in this tour, I also visited the backyard of the aquarium that I can not usually see.
I was guided by the back yard, and I visited the dolphin show.
Watching the dolphin show, I feel a sense of strangeness that I feel close to the dolphin that I could only see in the distance before and feel the dolphin's cleverness again, "a tour that may have dolphins" ended safely !
It was a very dense tour that I can feel the natural environment and delicious air of Aomori and Mutsu Bay in full body.
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The pleasure of being irritated by wild dolphins, which are not easy to appear even if you are looking for, is the sense that the busy brain of today must be guided in the wilderness, which has to select the information to be incorporated excessively. I think it will be very refreshing.
How about going to see wild dolphins in Mutsu Bay, which can only be met only from late April to early June every year?
Mutsu Bay Ferry Co., Ltd.
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Aomori Prefectural Asamushi Aquarium
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