The island is a rocky butte located on the western edge of Taui Bay, nearly 100 kilometers from Magadan, in Olsky District. On a clear evening, the island can be seen on the horizon from the coast of Nagaev Bay. It is a federally-protected natural monument.
The area of the island is nearly 2.5 square kilometers. The top of the island is a flat plateau with rocky ridges and boggy meadows. Cragged screes and headlong rocks up to 150 meters high surround the island on the south, east, and west. The coastline is marked with boulders and reefs, cut with multiple small bays and coves. Along the northwest extension, there is a low meadow terrace with fresh lakes enclosed by a semi-circular stony littoral area.
The average annual temperature is minus 2.3 degrees (minus 15.8 degrees in January and plus 10.6 degrees in August). Southwesterly winds prevail in the summer, and in the afternoon hours, strong winds can create dangerous waves.
The island is especially popular among scientists, researchers, and photographers, because it is home to one of the largest colonies of birds in the northern part of the Sea of Okhotsk. The total bird population is about 1.8 million. They eat nearly 200 tons of fish and sea invertebrates daily. A total of 147 species of birds inhabit the island. Nesting fauna numbers 21 species, including 11 colonial seabirds: kittiwake, tufted puffin, slaty-backed gull, horned puffin, auklet, parakeet auk, spectacled guillemot, murrelet, and gannet. Such rare spices as Steller's sea eagle and peregrine falcon also nest on the island.
Native vegetation is represented by 120 spices of vascular plants. Zooplankton is found in great abundance in the waters surrounding the island, especially near the border of Motykleysky Bay and Taui Gulf. Feeding shoals of pelagic fish gather here: walleye pollock, sand lance, and herring. In total, 32 species of fish inhabit local waters.
|Address:||Magadan Oblast, Olsky District|