Ptichiy Island

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Ptichiy Island (Russian: Ostrov Ptichiy) is a small island in the northwestern Sea of Okhotsk, one of the Shantar Islands. It lies between the mainland and Bolshoy Shantar Island.


Between 1857 and 1865, American whaleships hunted bowhead whales in the waters around Ptichiy.[1] They called it Stinker Island, "on account of the dead whales drifting along there from the ice".[2]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ WILLIAMS, H. (1964). One whaling family. Boston, Houghton Mifflin, p. 79.

Coordinates: 54°35′59″N 137°04′47″E / 54.59972°N 137.07972°E / 54.59972; 137.07972