Spafaryev and Talan Islands
Location of the Spafaryev Islands in the Sea of Okhotsk.
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The Spafaryev Islands, or Spafaryev Island (Остров Спарафьева; Ostrov Spafar’yeva), a relatively large double island, are located in the Sea of Okhotsk. It lies 7 km east of the Antamlan Peninsula (also known as Khmitevsky), the southernmost peninsula enclosing the Taui Bay (Тауйская губа; Tauyskaya Guba) from its western side.
The Spafaryev Islands were named after Major General knight Leontiy Spafaryev (1765–1847) of the Imperial Russian Navy. Spafaryev was Director of the Russian Lighthouse Administration and cartographer of the Russian Admiralty.
The islands were frequented by American whaleships hunting bowhead whales between 1853 and 1861. Talan was called Green Island, while Spafaryev was called Fog Island. Boats were sent ashore Spafaryev to search for whales.
The Spafaryev Islands are composed of two islands joined by a narrow landspit, less than 750 m wide.
- The northern "island", Ryabokon Island (Ostrov Ryabokon’), is roughly triangular in shape. It is the larger of the two, being 9 km (5.6 mi) long and having a maximum width of 5 km (3.1 mi).
- Spafaryev Island proper is located at the southern end. It is roughly shovel-shaped and is 7 km (4.3 mi) long and has a maximum width of 4.5 km (2.8 mi).
- Talan Island (Остров Талан)  Large colonies of seabirds nest on the island in the spring and summer, including over a million crested auklet, a few hundred thousand tufted and horned puffin, tens of thousands of black-legged kittiwake, and thousands of parakeet auklet and ancient murrelet. Common murre also nest here and in the summer dovekie congregate on the island. Steller's sea eagle prey on these seabirds. , is a small roundish island, which lies 11 km (6.8 mi) to the north of Spafaryev's northern tip. It is 2 km (1.2 mi) across.
- L. Spafarieff or Spafaryev
- Betsey Williams, of Stonington, Aug. 13, 20-21, 1853, Nicholson Whaling Collection (NWC); Florida, of Fairhaven, Sep. 8, 1861. In Williams, H. (1964). One whaling family. Boston, Houghton Mifflin.
- Pacific, of Fairhaven, Aug. 3, 1855, NWC.
- Daniel Wood, of New Bedford, Aug. 26-27, 1853, NWC.
- Talan Island
- Ostrov Talan
- Talan location
- Kondratyev, A. Y., Litvinenko, N. M., Shibaev, Y. V., Vyatkin, P. S., & Kondratyeva, L. F. (2000). "The breeding seabirds of the Russian Far East". Seabirds of the Russian Far East, 37-81.
- Utekhina, I., Potapov, E., & McGrady, M. J. (2000). "Diet of the Steller's sea eagle in the northern Sea of Okhotsk". In First Symposium on Steller’s and White-tailed Sea Eagles in East Asia. Tokyo, Japan: Wild Bird Society of Japan (pp. 71-92).
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