Hantzsch Island

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Hantzsch Island
Location Frobisher Bay
Coordinates 61°56′N 65°00′W / 61.93°N 65°W / 61.93; -65 (Hantzsch Island)Coordinates: 61°56′N 65°00′W / 61.93°N 65°W / 61.93; -65 (Hantzsch Island)
Archipelago Canadian Arctic Archipelago
Area 1 km2 (0.39 sq mi)
Highest point 150 m (490 ft)
Nunavut Nunavut
Region Qikiqtaaluk
Population Uninhabited

Hantzsch Island is an uninhabited island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. It is located in Frobisher Bay off the southern tip of Baffin Island's Meta Incognita Peninsula and the northeastern tip of Edgell Island. The closest community is the Inuit hamlet of Sanikiluaq, 800 km (500 mi) to the west on Flaherty Island.


The island is small and dome-shaped. Its habitat is characterized by coastal cliffs, grassy slopes, and a rugged shoreline.


Hantzsch Island is a Canadian Important Bird Area (#NU025), an International Biological Program site, and a Key Migratory Terrestrial Bird Site (NU Site 49). Notable bird species include Black-legged Kittiwake, Thick-billed Murre, and Colonial Waterbirds/Seabirds.[1]

Beluga whales, Bearded seal, Ringed seal, Harp seal. Polar bears, and Walrus frequent the area.


The island is named in honour of Bernhard Hantzsch, a German ornithologist and Arctic researcher.


  1. ^ "Hantzsch Island". bsc-eoc.org. Retrieved 2009-05-08.