The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of Shiretoko with a portfolio of photos that illustrate the landscape features of this outstanding place, together with some of the typical marine life, plants and animals. It starts with an introductory overview of the site, followed by a series of images from different seasons around the popular Shiretokogo Lakes near the west coast, where there is an elevated walkway through one of the park’s most scenic areas, where bears and deer may be encountered. The next part of the slideshow takes in the coastal zones, cliffs, rock stacks, waterfalls and forested mountainsides that can be seen from a boat tour around the peninsula. Most visitors visit Shiretoko in summer, but for those who brave the freezing temperatures of early spring, as the sea ice is breaking up, the wealth of wildlife to be seen is extraordinary. The final part of the slideshow features some winter scenes, including the Shiretokogo Lakes and some of the larger mammals and birds that take advantage of the abundant food at this time. Hokkaido Sika deer can be easily spotted in the snow, while marine mammals include killer and humpback whales as well as Steller’s sealions. Amongst the area’s threatened species there are an estimated 2,000 Steller’s sea eagles which congregate on the ice pack at this time of year.
The following Flickr photographers and other sources are acknowledged with thanks for their contributions to this slideshow: Fun! Japan, Neil Dalphin, Nippon.com, l-v-l l-v-l, atmik, Inunami, livingnomads.com, uu-hokkaido.com, Sei F., ana-cooljapan.com, startsat60.com, Nohchi Oda, Sendai Blog, Yoshio Higuchi, Yuichi Sakaraba, Senchi, powderlife.com, irasally, veroyama, Jaque Tseng, Hajime Nakano, selected-ryokan.com, best.visithokkaido.com, Glenn Brunette, wanderwisdom.com, Gruenesmonster72, Sascha Wenninger, Robert Cummings, Cale Green, Navin75, Tony Cyphert, John Harwood and labbradolci