Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Photo Gallery

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The 3.4-million-acre Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge was established to protect the marine mammals, seabirds, migratory birds, and other species living within its territory. But at times the landscape can look eerily empty, like here on Kodiak Island's Womens Bay.  
Credit: John Martin/USFWS 
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The protected area includes such dramatic features as the volcanic isles of the Aleutian Chain, the coasts of the Chukchi Sea, and the remote Pribilof Islands, which boast dramatic cliffs (as seen here on Pribilof's St. George Island).  
Credit: Dean Kildaw/USFWS 
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Its origins date back to the start of the National Wildlife Refuge System—one of Teddy Roosevelt's conservation initiatives in the early 1900s. Its current acreage, however, was secured in 1980, when 11 previously established refuges joined another 1.9 million acres of land to form the current reserve.  
Credit: USFWS 
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As you'd expect given its decidedly aquatic locale, visiting the refuge almost always involves boat travel. Tour boats, ferries, planes, cruise ships, and self-driven boats can be organized at Homer and Seward. Here the waves pound the coast of Unimak Island.  
Credit: USFWS 
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The refuge "hotspots" are designated by region—four close to the cities of Homer, Seward, Sitka, and Noke, the rest scattered across the Pribilof, Adak, and Unalaska islands. Birds, like this dense flock of shearwater at Unimak Pass, pay less attention to such designations.  
Credit: USFWS 
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Some of the 30 refuge species include horned and tufted puffins, otters, eagles, whales, harbor seals, walrus, parakeets, the Arctic bluephase fox, and steller sea lions (pictured).  
Credit: Ed Bailey/USFWS 
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A dapper trio of horned puffins perch along the water at Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.  
Credit: USFWS 
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Of course there’s also copious life under the ocean's waves, like this luminous jellyfish off Fox Islands in the refuge's eastern Aleutian Isles.  
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