Arctic Ocean

The Arctic Ocean is one of the most productive places on earth for wildlife, but there is much we have yet to learn about this ecosystem.

A view from the deck of the Coast Guard icebreaker the Healy on an Arctic research trip. Photo: Melanie Smith

The Arctic Ocean is one of the most productive places on earth for wildlife, but there is much we have yet to learn about this ecosystem. Although the weather is harsh in the winter, with gale-force winds, 20-foot seas, and shifting sea ice, these waters provide unspoiled habitat for millions of migratory birds and thousands of marine mammals, including polar bears, ice seals, endangered bowhead whales, and Pacific walrus. What's the Arctic Ocean like throughout the summer? Find firsthand accounts from field researchers, underwater sound recordings, and more on Audubon Alaska's Vital Arctic Ocean Areas Storymap. We are still learning about the intricate interactions between wildlife and the ocean in these remote waters. With so much still unknown, it is difficult to even assess the risks involved in drilling offshore for oil and gas.

Beaufort Sea
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Beaufort Sea

The Beaufort Sea is home to migratory birds, bowhead whales, other marine mammals.

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Bering Sea
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Bering Sea

The Bering Strait area alone supports millions of seabirds.

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Chukchi Sea
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Chukchi Sea

Audubon Alaska works to protect habitat for eiders, walrus, and other wildlife in the Chukchi Sea.

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Bristol Bay
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Bristol Bay

Bristol Bay is home to dozens of global Important Bird Areas and one of the world’s largest concentrations of seabird colonies.

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Arctic Marine Synthesis: Atlas of the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas
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Arctic Marine Synthesis

See Audubon Alaska's maps of the habitat and wildlife of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.

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Arctic Marine Data
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Arctic Marine Data

Looking for Arctic Ocean mapping data? Look here!

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