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Kamchatka Krai

Komandorskiye Islands

Командорские острова
Фотобанк Лори

The Komandorskiye Islands are a small archipelago of four islands: Bering, Medny, Ariy Kamen and Toporkov. The islands are located on the border between the Bering Sea and the Pacific Ocean, 250 kilometers from the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula.

They form the Aleutsky District of the Kamchatka Krai. They form part of the Komandorski nature reserve.

The name of the islands commemorates Commander Vitus Bering (1681-1741) who discovered them during the second Kamchatka expedition and died on the island which now bears his name.

In Soviet times, the islands had a population of approximately 1200 people, including 700 Aleuts. Now only about 700 people live in Nickolskoye village (including 300 Aleuts).

The uniqueness of the Komandorskie Islands lies in their incredible concentration of wildlife. There are rookeries of marine mammals, such as sea lions, fur seals and sea otters. The coastal waters are inhabited by many species of cetaceans. The islands are also home to many bird colonies.

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Address: Kamchatka Krai, Aleutsky District

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