Chushka Spit

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Chushka (Russian: Чушка) is a long narrow peninsula, or sandy spit, in the northern part of the Strait of Kerch which extends from Cape Achilleion to the south-west in the direction of the Black Sea for almost 18 km.

The Chushka Spit forms the northern shore of the Taman Bay; the southern shore was formerly the Tuzla Spit. It has many long branches extending to the south and was formerly joined to the Kerch Peninsula by the Kerch Strait Bridge. The main harbour on the spit is Port Kavkaz. It is also the terminal of the Kerch Strait ferry line connecting the Taman Peninsula with the Crimea.

In November 2007 a very strong storm split a Russian-flagged oil tanker off the Chushka Spit, resulting in the release of more than 2000 metric tons of fuel oil. It is thought that the effects of the spill are likely to be felt for many years to come.

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Coordinates: 45°20′23″N 36°40′31″E / 45.3397°N 36.6754°E / 45.3397; 36.6754