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Ocean Color Feature

Strait of Tartary

The nutient-rich Strait of Tartary sits between the Sea of Okhotsk to the north and the Sea of Japan to the south.

Phytoplankton algae blooms off the coast of the island of Sakhalin make the Sea of Okhotsk one of the world's richest biological ecosystems. River drainage, intense intermingling of waters through the Strait of Tartary and wind driven mixing, and the upwelling of deep, nutrient-laden ocean waters make this area highly favorable to marine life. Some of the commercially important fish stocks that are found in the sea include cod, capelin, flounder, herring, pollack, salmon, and smelts.

This image was captured by Aqua/MODIS on September 10, 2022. Read more about this feature.

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