About the Area
Currents make the water in the east much warmer than in the west, while areas close to Siberia are icy much of the year. These differences allow the sea to support a diverse array of fish and marine mammals.
Selecetd species include the Golden king crab (Lithodes aequispina), Steller's sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus), Northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus), Dall's porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli), Ribbon seals (Phoca fasciata), Steller's sea eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus), Common and thick-billed murre (Uria aalge and U. lomvia), and the Tufted and horned puffin (Fratercula cirrhata and F. corniculata).
Industrial and domestic pollution, oil exploration and over fishing are the most relevant threats.
Temperate Shelf and Seas
Northwestern Pacific Ocean
Where is the largest colony of Tufted puffins located?
Tufted puffins breed only on islands and cliffs. The largest colony in the world, with more than one million nests, lives on Talan Island in the Okhotsk Sea.