There are 123 miles of coast along Cook Inlet. The entire coast is located just west of the Kenai Peninsula and offers spectacular bear viewing, bird rookeries, and beaches. The area is attractive and essential to brown bear because it offers thick runs of salmon and sedgegrasses.
Maine ocean islands provide the only nesting sites for Atlantic puffins in the United States. Eastern Egg Rock in the midcoast region, Seal Island and Matinicus Rock at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, and Machias Seal Island and Petit Manan Island off the downeast coast provide habitat for more than 4,000 puffins each summer.