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Kinmen's got the blues too
This photo provided by photographer Hsu Hsiao-Xi (許小西) shows blue tears, a mysterious natural phenomenon in Kinmen. Although known to appear in the waters around Matsu Island, blue tears have rarely been reported in Kinmen. Scientists believe the phenomenon is caused by a dinoflagellate species called Noctiluca scintillans, which emits a blue bioluminescence when disturbed by waves.
 
Once was lost but now am found
Taipei American School students pose with a Baisha Township police officer in Penghu County. To the left of the officer is a student named Elly, who lost her phone on a field trip to Penghu for a fireworks festival. The diligent precinct police were quick to react: Officers located Elly's phone just in time, right before the group was slated to return to Taipei.
 
Kinmen otters in 3-D
This promotional photo from the Kinmen County Government shows a scene from the latest 3-D animated film by pioneering Taiwanese director Yang Jen-Hsien. Currently in post-production and slated to hit theaters this summer, the feature film stars the common otter of Kinmen County.
 
Kinmen launches its own bike-sharing system K Bike
Kinmen County government launched K Bike, a public rental bicycle system on Sunday, encouraging residents and visitors to cycle around the 150-square-kilometer island county which is located about 6 km from China's Fujian Province.
 
Orchid Island crash
A Daily Air Corporation plane is seen after it crashed into a runway fence on Orchid Island, Taiwan, Thursday, April 13. The 19-seat DHC6-400 aircraft glided off the runway because of strong winds after arriving from Taitung on Thursday afternoon. Three passengers suffered minor injuries.
 
Even turtles have to wait...
The photo shows a vivid carving of a green turtle decorated at the Makung City Hall of the offshore Penghu County, aimed at making residents feel like they are venturing into a marine world when visiting the hall.
 
Attention kelp lovers!
A specialist at the Fisheries Research Institute of Kinmen County conducts a final check on fresh kelp products farmed by the institute, before allowing consumers to make purchases on Monday.
 
Global fireworks teams to light up Penghu skies from April 22
The Penghu International Fireworks Festival starts April 22 and runs to June 22 featuring fireworks displays and other activities, the organizer announced.
 
Chinese poachers caught
A Chinese fishing vessel trespasses Taiwan's territorial waters on Wednesday, March 29. The Coast Guard Administration confiscated 1,200 kilograms of fish on the Chinese fishing vessel which was found traveling on the northeast coast of the Pengjia Islet (彭佳嶼) on Wednesday morning. The vessel departed from China's Zhejiang Province last Friday, and had nine members on board, officials said. The vessel will be fined from between NT$1.2 million to NT$2.4 million for violating the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.
 
Round the Island: Penghu's strange advanced botany
Penghu County is famous as a paradise for birds and a preserve for rare turtles. This month it also national headlines for something quite different.
 
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