People have crowded a riverbank in Shiki, Saitama, to catch a glimpse of a wild spotted seal.
The animal has been seen in the Arakawa river near the Akigase water diversion weir, around 35 kilometers upstream from Tokyo Bay.
When the seal poked its head out from the water about every 10 to 20 minutes, people would call out its name "Ara-chan."
I like sea creatures, but I also wonder why people and media tend to make a great deal of fuss over seals.
If it had been a Steller's sea lion or a walrus, how would people have reacted to it?