All whales initially entered the Bering Sea between Cape Pe'ek and Big Diomede Island (Fig.
6): B09-09 was also one of two whales in 2010 to migrate west of Big Diomede. In 2010, three whales migrated east of the Diomede Islands and one whale did not transmit enough locations to determine where it passed in relation to the Diomede Islands (Fig.
The unexpected move threatened their plans, but on Sunday they decided to press ahead to the Russian land mass Big Diomedes
, 'put their toe' across the border and proclaimed their mission a success.
Big Diomede, in contrast, had been one of the first places on Earth to see in the new Millennium.
He looked over to Big Diomede and said: "Over there is Russia.
Sea ice normally freezes in the strait between Little and Big Diomede
islands, creating a stable platform of landfast ice that links the two islands.
Little Diomede Island (65[degrees]45'N, 168[degrees]56'W) is located 43 km west of Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, and 4 km east of Big Diomede Island, Russia (Fig.
Possibly as late as 135 years ago, a sand spit connected the Little and Big Diomede Islands, with an ephemeral river separating them (Jenness, 1929; C.
In 1985, we sailed by anyapik along the coast from Cape Bering to Cape Serdtse-Kamen and back, and in 1987 we sailed from Sireniki village north through Puutyn Bay to Big Diomede
Island and back to Sireniki.