Swirling clouds of seabirds, rare Asiatic migrant birds, beaches of bellowing sea lions and fur seals, and salmon streams in abundance are a few of the wildlife highlights on the Alaska Maritime Refuge. The refuge is perhaps most unique for:
- the sheer abundance of life (40,000,000 seabirds).
- species and subspecies found nowhere else.
- endangered and threatened marine mammals (Steller sea lion and otters).
- the possibility that new species are yet to be found among the remote and rugged rocks, reefs and islands of the refuge.