Latin: Gavia adamsii
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.
Ribbon Seal. Photo: Josh London / NOAA
Although the weather is harsh in the winter, with gale-force winds, 20-foot seas, and shifting sea ice, the Arctic Ocean provides unspoiled habitat for millions of migratory birds and thousands of marine mammals, including polar bears, ice seals, endangered bowhead whales, and Pacific walrus.