The wild Kamchatka Peninsula, between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean, is home to an abundance of wildlife. Due to the presence of some 160 volcanoes, it is known as the Land of Fire and Ice.
The Kamchatka brown bear, a larger subspecies of the European brown bear, is abundant along the coast, particularly on the Govena Peninsula. Other mammal highlights of the region include the Eurasian forest reindeer, elk, moose, wolf, and mountain sheep that are found at higher elevations. Off the coast of Kamchatka, northern fur seal, sea otter and many whale species including grey, minke, beluga, bowhead, and humpback whales can be seen in the Pacific Ocean.
In the north of Kamchatka, one of the world’s most critically endangered waders, the spectacular spoon-billed sandpiper, breeds in the extensive area of wetlands, while further south, the iconic Steller’s sea eagle nests along the banks of the Zhupanova River.
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