YTTIGRAN ISLAND

After leaving Anadyr, our stepping off port in Siberia, we headed through the Bering Strait with a stop in the vast Beringia National Park, 30,532 sq kms,(11,788 sq miles), Russia’s second largest park, it is the size of Poland! The island is 13.5 km (8.39m) long. 

Consisting of hundreds of whale bones, mainly jawbones, ribs, and vertebrae, “Whale Bone Alley” is thought to have been created around 600 years ago by a cooperative group of native tribes. Many of the bones were placed in long rows along the shore giving the site its evocative name. The overall effect is of a haunting titan’s boneyard.  

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