Map of the Shantar Islands.
|Federal subject||Far Eastern Federal District|
|Elevation||633 m (2,077 ft)|
The island lies towards the eastern end of the group. It is 4.2 km (2.6 mi) in length, with a maximum width of 2.6 km (1.6 mi). It is quite high, rising abruptly to a height of 633 m (2,076 ft).
Kusova Island is separated from Bolshoy Shantar Island to the northwest by a 14 km (8.7 mi) wide sound.
Kusova was frequented by American whaleships targeting bowhead whales between 1853 and 1867. They simply called it Round Island. They would anchor off the island and send men ashore to obtain wood.
- Harrison, of New Bedford, September 12, 1853, Nicholson Whaling Collection (NWC); Lexington, of Nantucket, July 5, 1854, Nantucket Historical Association; Mary Frazier, of New Bedford, June 26, 1859, NWC; Josephine, of New Bedford, July 20, 1864, Kendall Whaling Museum; Java, of New Bedford, July 4–5, 1867, NWC.
- Mary Frazier, of New Bedford, July 10–11, 1857, June 26, 1859, NWC.