Shelikhov Gulf

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Location of the Shelikhov Gulf in the Sea of Okhotsk.

The Shelikhov Gulf (Russian: залив Шелихова) is a large gulf off the northwestern coast of Kamchatka, Russia. It is located in the northeastern corner of the Sea of Okhotsk and it branches into two main arms, the Gizhigin Bay on the west and the Penzhin Bay on the east. Its southwest corner is the P'yagin Peninsula and the Yamsky Islands.

This gulf is named after Russian explorer Grigory Shelikhov.

The Shelikhov Gulf should not be confused with much smaller Shelikhov Bay (Bukhta Shelikhova, 50.3764N, 155.62E), located also in the Sea of Okhotsk on the NW shores of Paramushir Island.


Shelikhov Gulf was frequented by American whaleships hunting bowhead and gray whales between 1849 and 1867.[1]


  1. ^ Mary and Susan, of Stonington, July 18-August 8, 1849, Nicholson Whaling Collection (NWC); Abraham Barker, of New Bedford, June 10-July 17, 1856, NWC; Florida, of Fairhaven, July 7-September 5, 1861 (Williams, One Whaling Family [1964], pp. 186-198); Josephine, of New Bedford, June 9-July 15, 1865, June 9–26, 1866, Kendall Whaling Museum; Java, of New Bedford, June 14–19, 1867, NWC.

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Coordinates: 59°45′N 158°00′E / 59.75°N 158°E / 59.75; 158