On the surface, the sea appears to be little more than a lifeless, greenish-brown pond lined with dead barnacles and the bones of other creatures— a misleading impression, as the sea actually supports a great deal of life. Its vastness is impressive, and the stark beauty of the surrounding mountains makes it a picturesque locale. For birds, however, the sea is a mecca, a wonderland of microorganisms that feed not only insects but over four hundred bird species migrating along the Pacific Flyway. It is a critical spot, whose future is instrumental in the survival of many avian creatures.
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