Walrus and Kritskoi Islands

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Walrus Island, in the southeastern shore of Bristol Bay in Aleutians East Borough, should not be confused with the Walrus Islands in the Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary, located close to Hagemeister Island in the Dillingham Census Area in the northern edge of the bay, or with tiny Walrus Island located in the Pribilof group.

Coordinates: 56°1′42″N 160°49′59″W / 56.02833°N 160.83306°W / 56.02833; -160.83306
Walrus
Island
Country USA
State Alaska
Borough Aleutians East
Elevation 3 ft (1 m) [1]
Coordinates 56°1′42″N 160°49′59″W / 56.02833°N 160.83306°W / 56.02833; -160.83306 [1]
Lowest point
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m)
Length 22 mi (35 km) [1]
Timezone AKST (UTC-9)
 - summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
ZIP code 99...
Area code +1 907
USGS GNIS 1419454
Topo map USGS Alaska
Location of Walrus Island in Alaska[1]

Walrus Island[edit]

The Walrus and Kritskoi Islands are a group of small islands in the Bering Sea, close to the coast of Alaska. The group is part of a cluster of other small coastal islands called the Kudobin Islands.

The Walrus and Kritskoi Islands are located close to Nelson Lagoon, 9 miles (14 km) to the West of Port Moller, on the Alaska Peninsula (southern) side of Bristol Bay, Low.[1]

The largest island is Walrus, being about 23.5 km long and 3 km wide. The islands are flat, the highest point on Walrus Island being only 1 m.

Etymology[edit]

These coastal islands were renamed in 1882 by W. H. Dall, USC&GS. Russian Captain Litke (1836) had named Walrus Island as "Volchie," meaning "wolf," in 1836. This name is now applied to the eastern tip of this feature.[1]

Kritskoi Island[edit]

Kritskoi
Island
Country USA
State Alaska
Borough Aleutians East
Elevation 13 ft (4 m) [2]
Coordinates 56°1′19″N 160°59′16″W / 56.02194°N 160.98778°W / 56.02194; -160.98778 [2]
Lowest point
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m)
Length 2 mi (3 km) [2]
Timezone AKST (UTC-9)
 - summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
ZIP code 99...
Area code +1 907
USGS GNIS 1418819
Topo map USGS Alaska
Location of Kritskoi Island in Alaska[2]

One of Kudobin Islands, 16 miles (26 km) West of village of Port Moller, Alaska, Bristol Bay Low.[2]

Kritskoi Island is only 3.3 km long, but with a height of 4 m it is noticeably higher than Walrus.

Etymology[edit]

Kritskoi Island was named "Kritskoi ile" by Capt. Lutke (1836, p. 261), IRN. He erroneously called it "L'ile aux Loups," or "wolf island," on his Chart 14.[2]

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