St. George Island (Alaska) facts for kids
St. George Island (Russian: Остров Святого Георгия) is one of the Pribilof Islands of the state of Alaska, United States, in the Bering Sea off the western coast of the state. The island has a land area of 90 km² (35 sq mi) and a population of about 100 people, all living in its only community, the city of St. George, which encompasses the entire island.
The island was discovered by Gavriil Pribylov on June 25, 1786, during a search for the breeding grounds of northern fur seals. The island is named after Pribylov's ship, the St. George. St. George Island was the first of the Pribilofs to be discovered.
The island is notable as being the breeding site of over 75% of the known population of red-legged kittiwakes.
In 2016, a new species of beaked whale, Berardius beringiae, was discovered near the island.
St. George Island is considered part of the Bering Sea Volcanic Province.
The sole church on the island is St. George Church, an Eastern Orthodox Church in the Diocese of Alaska of the Orthodox Church in America.
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