About Shiretoko. A land of bountiful riches graced by the cycle of sea, forest, and life.

About Shiretoko. A land of bountiful riches graced by the cycle of sea, forest, and life.

A profusion of plankton thriving on drift ice from far away forms the first link in the food chain that supports this bountiful ecosystem.

A profusion of plankton thriving on drift ice from far away forms the first link in the food chain that supports this bountiful ecosystem.

Photograph by Naoki ISHIKAWA

Photograph byNaoki ISHIKAWA

Salmon and other fish eat their fill of plankton before swimming upriver to become food for forest dwellers such as brown bears, Ezo red foxes, and Blakiston’s fish owls.

Salmon and other fish eat their fill of plankton before swimming upriver to become food for forest dwellers such as brown bears, Ezo red foxes, and Blakiston’s fish owls.

Photograph by Naoki ISHIKAWA

Photograph byNaoki ISHIKAWA

In turn, vital nutrients from the wild animals’forest habitat flow into the river and eventually to the sea, where they help support a flourishing marine ecosystem.

In turn, vital nutrients from the wild animals’forest habitat flow into the river and eventually to the sea, where they help support a flourishing marine ecosystem.

Photograph by Naoki ISHIKAWA

Photograph byNaoki ISHIKAWA

Shiretoko is home to a priceless cycle of nature that has continued uninterrupted for centuries, and a population that is determined to keep it that way.

Shiretoko is home to a priceless cycle of nature that has continued uninterrupted for centuries, and a population that is determined to keep it that way.

Photograph by Naoki ISHIKAWA

Photograph byNaoki ISHIKAWA

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