Sea of Okhotsk

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Sea of Okhotsk

The Sea of Okhotsk (from the Russian Okhotskoe more) is a part of the western Pacific Ocean, lying between the Kamchatka Peninsula and the disputed Russo-Japanese Kurile Islands on the east, the Japanese island of Hokkaido to the south and the island of Sakhalin, the Amur province of Siberia (or Outer Manchuria) and eastern Siberia from the Shantar Islands to Okhotsk on the west.

The Sakhalin Gulf and the Gulf of Tartary connect it with the Sea of Japan on the west of the island of Sakhalin, and on the south of this island by the La Perouse Strait.

In the winter, navigation of the Sea of Okhotsk becomes difficult or even impossible due to the formation of large ice floes. The distribution and thickness of ice floes depends on many factors including the location, the time of year, water currents, and the sea temperatures.

Cities by the Sea of Okhotsk include:

In the Japanese language, the sea was traditionally called Hokkai (北海), or "north sea." However, because this term is now used to refer to the North Sea in Europe, the name has changed to Ohotsukukai (オホーツク海), a transliteration of the Russian name.da:Okhotske Hav de:Ochotskisches Meer et:Ohhoota meri es:Mar de Ojotsk ja:オホーツク海 nl:Zee van Ochotsk pl:Morze Ochockie pt:Mar de Okhotsk ru:Охотское море fi:Ohotanmeri

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