Fauna of the East China Sea

A semi-enclosed sea in the western North Pacific Ocean, located between the coast of East Asia (China) and the islands of Ryukyu, Kyushu (Japan), and Taiwan (Republic of China).  

Commercial fishing in the East China Sea

The sea is rich in biological resources. Herring, sardines, mackerel, flounder, tuna, Sciaenidae, crab, lobster, Apostichopus japonicus and seaweed are fished commercially. 

A common fish in the East China Sea

Pacific herring, Pacific sardine, Pacific jack mackerel, flathead grey mullet, willow flounder, Japanese eel, prickly shark are abundant in the sea waters.

Precoastal and bottom-dwelling animals of the East China Sea

Represented by various molluscs, crustaceans and echinoderms. Lots of jellyfish, squid, bottom fish. A very popular fish in these places is the milkfish. It is prized for its very tender and tasty meat. There are many eels, sea snakes in the coastal waters, among which there are many poisonous species. 

Mammals of the East China Sea

Of the marine mammals that have settled in the sea, several species of dolphins and dugong seals should be mentioned. The waters of the sea do not attract large whales.

East China Sea zooplankton

Warm ocean water is not conducive to the growth and reproduction of phytobacteria and, consequently, zooplankton. 

Sharks in the East China Sea

Sharks in the sea are represented by a great variety of species. Here you can meet the requiem shark, great white shark, hammerhead shark, shortfin mako shark, blue shark and many others. There is also a rare species - the frilled shark. Predators are especially abundant in the summer months, when the warm temperatures from the neighbouring South China Sea are felt. 

Rare species in the East China Sea

Among the rare species are the giant, unique Nomura's jellyfish. Their huge domes, which range in colour from white to blue or pink, can reach up to two metres in length and weigh up to 250 kg.

Willowy flounder

Willowy flounder

Latin nameTanakius kitaharaeOther namesTanakius kitaharaeIdentificationBody ellipsoidal, strongly co..

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