Ogasawara is a World Nature Heritage mostly because its diversity of species both on land and in water, especially in forests.
But the environment is fragile.
As residences increases in Chichijima, some animals disappeared.
Only in Hahajima can you see some unique animals, such as snails without shell, birds landing on the earth thanks to no hunters.
We are heading to Kofuji moutain, which means little Mont Fuji in Japenese, to explore something especial and can only be see in this isolated island.
This is a bird’s nest. Here in Hahajima the native birds know nothing about enemies. They have never seen one for a long time until human residences came.
A kind of special plant living in cliffs, face strong wind nearly every day.
Also the grass, they show a kind of purple.
A crab without shell, even though he is called Hermit Crab. Without enemy hermit is no more needed. This is sort of called Degeneration.
Chameleon. We take it carefully in hand and wait for color change.
Nearly to the goal, from the cliff we can see other islands.
These are not egg fossils. These are only rock. After volcano explores, some magma became this when they meet seawater.
Finally we got the top, just look these volcanic islands.
A panoramic view from the top of mountain.
A sign says Kofuji.
You will realize the importance until you see rare natural resources.