Andaman Sea

The Andaman Sea is part of the Indian Ocean. This body of water is located between southern Burma, eastern India, western Thailand.

The coastal areas of the Andaman Sea are lined with mangrove forests. Beneath the waves are almost 300 types of edible fish, several species of turtles, and bright coral reefs. The Andaman Sea is also home to the dugong. This is one of the rarest marine mammals in the world. Dugong resembles a manatee and it grazes on the sea grass of the ocean floor.

The Andaman Sea has been a popular route for fisherman, transporting goods throughout Southeast Asia. Several ports and docks for these ships and fishing boats were badly damaged by the 2004 South Asian Tsunami, which sent waves of up to 30 feet tall crashing down on the shores of southwestern Thailand.  
Text by Gabrielle Pasternak..