Philippine Sea

The Philippine Sea is a marginal sea, lies at the east and north of the Philippines


Philippine Sea is bounded by Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao (Philippine archipelago) on the southwest; the Okinawa, Miyako, and Yaeyama (Ryukyu Islands) on the northwest; the Bonin and Iwo Jima on the northeast; Palau, Yap, and Ulithi on the southeast; the Marianas, including Guam, Saipan, and Tinian, on the east; the Japanese islands of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu on the north; and Taiwan in the extreme west

The Philippine Sea Plate forms the base of this sea and it subducts under the Philippine Mobile Belt which carries most of the Philippine archipelago and eastern TaiwanPhilippine Trench is between the two plates

Coverage area

The Sea occupies a surface area of about 2 Million mi� (5 Million km�) on the western part of the North Pacific Ocean


The Philippine Sea is the home of an exotic marine ecosystemThere are about 500 species of hard and soft corals in the coastal waters and 20 per cent of the worldwide known shellfish species are found in Philippine watersSea turtles, sharks, moray eels, octopuses and sea snakes and numerous species of fish such as tuna are found hereAdditionally, the Philippine Sea serves as spawning place for Japanese eel, tuna and different whale species

List of Seas in Pacific Ocean

Major ports and harbours in Pacific Ocean