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Celebes Sea


The Celebes Sea occupies the western Pacific Ocean, is bounded on the north by Sulu Archipelago and Sulu Sea and Mindanao Island of the Philippines, on the east by Sangihe Islands chain, on the south by Sulawesi, and on the west by Kalimantan in Indonesia.

Coverage area

The Sea forms a huge basin, and thrusts as deep as 20,300 feet (6,200 m).It extends 420 miles (675 km) north-south and by 520 miles (837 km) east-west and has a total surface area of 110,000 square miles (280,000 kmē). The sea discharges southwest through the Makassar Strait into the Java Sea.

The margin between the Celebes and the Sulu Sea is at the Sibutu-Basilan Ridge. Strong ocean currents, deep sea ditches and seamounts, with active volcanic islands, results in complex oceanographic features.


The Celebes Sea is home to a large variety of fish and aquatic creatures. The tropical location and warm & clear waters allow it to harbor about 580 of the world's 793 species of reef-building corals, which grow as some of the most bio-diverse coral reefs in the world, and an array of marine life, including whales and dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays, eagle rays, barracuda, marlin and other reef and pelagic species. Tuna and yellowfin tuna are also plentiful. In addition to fish caught in the Celebes Sea, it also yields other aquatic products like sea tang.

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