The Ogasawara Islands
The Ogasawara Islands became a World Heritage Site in 2011. Many people visit our island every year. The swim with dolphins and sea turtles. They enjoy the moon and stars. They learn about the islands plants, fish and animals.
We, people of the Ogasawara Islands, love our island. We believe that they are very special. We made some rules. These rules protect the islands plants and animals. For example, one rule is, "Don't bother turtles on the beach."
Turtles come to the beach and lay eggs. It is a beautiful event. People sometimes take pictures. The turtles are afraid of the flash. They don't lay eggs. They hurry across the beach and go into the sea. If this continues, the turtles will not come back.
We live in balance with nature. We hope that our visitors will understand this. Then turtles will be here with us and our children.
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