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Ptichiy Island

This article is about the island in Kamchatka Krai. For the island in the Shantar group, see Shantar Islands.
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Ptichiy Island
Island

Coordinates: 57°10′28″N 156°36′13″E / 57.17444°N 156.60361°E / 57.17444; 156.60361{{#coordinates:57|10|28|N|156|36|13|E|type:city_region: | |name=

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Country Russian Federation
Federal subject Far Eastern Federal District
Krai Kamchatka Krai
Elevation 53 m (174 ft)

Ptichiy Island (Russian: Ostrov Ptichiy, meaning 'Bird Island') is a small island in the Sea of Okhotsk. It lies close to the mainland off the western coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Geography

This island is 0.8 km long and 0.35 km wide. It is located off a landhead in the northeastern Sea of Okhotsk, separated from the continental shore by a 7.6 km wide sound.

Administratively this island belongs to the Kamchatka Krai.[2]

History

Between 1857 and 1865, American whaleships hunted bowhead whales in the waters around Ptichiy.[3] They called it Stinker Island, "on account of the dead whales drifting along there from the ice".[4]

References

  1. ^ GoogleEarth
  2. ^ Ostrov Ptichiy
  3. ^ Frances Henrietta, of New Bedford, August 18, 1857, Nicholson Whaling Collection (NWC); Mary Frazier, of New Bedford, July 18, 1859, NWC; Cicero, of New Bedford, July 26, 1862, Kendall Whaling Museum (KWM); Josephine, of New Bedford, September 25, 1864, August 28, 1865, KWM.
  4. ^ WILLIAMS, H. (1964). One whaling family. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, p. 79.