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Sea of Japan

The Sea of Japan also know as the East Sea is an amazingly beautiful carrot-shaped sea located between the Asian mainland, Sakhalin, and the Japanese archipelago, which separates the Sea from the Pacific Ocean.

Sea of Japan and East Sea Facts for Kids

  • Due to the high level of dissolved oxygen, the Sea has many species thriving in its water. The sea has more than 900 crustacean species, 3,500 animal species, 800 aquatic plant species, 1,000 fish species, and 26 mammal species living in it.
  • There are no large Islands within the Sea, the small island that can be found in the sea includes Putyatin, Russky, Askold, Moneron, Rebun, Rishiri, Sado, Oshima, Okushiri, Okinoshima, and Ulleungdo.
  • The Sea is bordered by five countries namely Japan, South Korea, North Korea, and Russia.
  • Like the Norwegian Sea, the East Sea of also has petroleum and natural gas fields near its Sakhalin Island.
  • The surface area of the Sea is about 978,000km2 making it larger than the African country of Tanzania.
  • The sea’s average depth is 1,752 m and the maximum depth is 3,742 m
  • The coastal length of the sea is about 7,600 km with the largest part belonging to Russia.
  • The Sea experiences monsoons that can bring tsunamis and typhoons.
  • Mackerel, sardines, anchovies, herring, squid, salmon, trout, sea bream, saury, Atka mackerel, Pollock, Bluefin tuna and cold are some of the species of fishes found abundantly thus making it an important fishing hub.
  • There is a dispute on the name of the sea, South Korea prefers to call the sea the East Sea and North Korea prefers the term the East Sea of Korea.
  • Seaweeds are used for the production of cosmetics, fertilizers for plants, and for the extraction of industrial gums and chemicals. There is a thriving seaweed production industry around the Sea of Japan.
  • A port is an area near a sea or ocean where ships can discharge and transport goods from one country to another it serves tremendous purposes which include income generation, provision of employment opportunities all of which help grow the economy of a country. There are seven major ports on the Sea of Japan coastal region and they are Niigata, Maizuru, Tsurutam, Busan, Ulsan, Pohang, and Vladivostock.
  • The western coast of the Sea is home to many historical sites and traditional fishing villages.

 

Question: How many major ports are on the coast of the Sea?

Answer: There are seven major ports on the coast of the Sea and they are Niigata, Maizuru, Tsurutam, Busan, Ulsan, Pohang, and Vladivostock.

Question: What is the surface area of the Sea?

Answer: The surface area of the Sea of Japan is about 978,000km2.

Question: What is the Average and Maximum depth of the Sea?

Answer: The average depth is 1,752 m and the maximum depth is 3,742 m.

Question: Apart from the fishing industry what other industries thrive?

Answer: In addition to the fishing industry, the seaweed production industry and oil industry thrive.

Question: Why does it have a large number of species thriving therein?

Answer: Due to the high level of dissolved oxygen, the sea an ideal place for many species to thrive.

Question: How many species of fish are found?

Answer: There are about 1,000 fish species living in the Sea.

Question: What are some of the species of fishes found in the Sea?

Answer: Mackerel, sardines, anchovies, herring, squid, salmon, trout, sea bream, saury, Atka mackerel, Pollock are some of the species of fishes found.

Question: Name five islands found within the Sea.

Answer: Putyatin, Russky, Oshima, Okushiri, and Okinoshima are five small islands found.