Cross Island, Beaufort Sea

Cross Island is about 12 miles (19 km) north of Anxiety Point, between McClure and Midway Islands, on the Beaufort Sea coast. The island was named in 1889 by Captain Stockton of the U.S. Navy who wrote "the island, though nameless, was marked by a wooden cross, from which fact it was called Cross Island." Bowhead whale jawbones are lined up on Cross Island in the Beaufort Sea near a whaling camp for the village of Nuiqsut. There are 11 villages in Alaska that hunt bowhead whales during the spring and fall migration. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Cross Island.

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