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Map of the Shantar Islands.
Map of the Shantar Islands.
Kusova is located in Khabarovsk Krai
Coordinates: 54°42′45″N 138°12′55″E / 54.71250°N 138.21528°E / 54.71250; 138.21528
Country Russian Federation
Federal subject Far Eastern Federal District
Krai Khabarovsk Krai
Elevation 633 m (2,077 ft)

Kusova or Kusov Island (Russian: остров Кусова; Ostrov Kusova) is a small island in the Shantar Islands in the Sea of Okhotsk. It lies southeast of Bolshoy Shantar Island.


The island lies towards the eastern end of the group. It is 4.2 km in length, with a maximum width of 2.6 km. It is quite high, rising abruptly to a height of 633 m.

Kusova Island is separated from Bolshoy Shantar Island to the NW by a 14 km wide sound.


Kusova was frequented by American whaleships targeting bowhead whales between 1853 and 1867.[1] They simply called it Round Island. They would anchor off the island and send men ashore to obtain wood.[2]


  1. ^ Harrison, of New Bedford, September 12, 1853, Nicholson Whaling Collection (NWC); Lexington, of Nantucket, July 5, 1854, G. W. Blunt White Library (GBWL); 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.
  2. ^ Mary Frazier, of New Bedford, July 10–11, 1857, June 26, 1859, NWC.