A giant sea otter that’s been spotted in the waters off Japan was actually captured in the process of taking the iconic selfie.
The creature, named Tashiro, was spotted in May, and is a member of the endangered species family of dolphins.
Tashiro has been described as a “huge otter” and the species is “not only a marine mammal, but also a symbol of Japanese culture.”
Tashirio, who has been in Japan since 2000, has reportedly been sighted around 40 times.
The otter, who is believed to have been born on a small island off the coast of Japan, has been spotted at the Tatsumi Sea Park in Kagoshima prefecture, the National Geographic News reports.
Tashi, who lives in a nearby island, is thought to have escaped from a pod of about two dozen otters and was spotted by a fisherman.
According to Japan’s National Geographic, otters are “among the most popular species in the world” and are widely known for their graceful body shape and powerful teeth.
They are also considered “a symbol of Japan” and can be seen in many of Japan’s famous attractions including Tokyo, Tokyo Dome, the Ueno Palace and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum.
Japan’s National Tourism Agency says the otter’s popularity has been boosted by the country’s abundant natural resources and the “longevity” of its wildlife.
“It is also a great symbol of the country and its people, and can symbolize a nation’s happiness,” said Tashi’s owner, Masanobu Yamamoto.
“This species is a symbol for the people, a symbol to represent Japan and Japanese culture,” Yamamoto added.
The otter was also named in honor of the famous Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune.