Point Elrington, Elrington Island

Point Elrington, Elrington Island

by | Apr 1, 2020

Point Elrington is at the southwest tip of Elrington Island in the Gulf of Alaska, about 43 miles (69 km) southeast of Seward and 93 miles (150 km) southwest of Cordova, Alaska. The point was named by Joseph Whidbey of the Royal Navy on May 27, 1794, presumably for Hannah Elrington, who would later marry Peter Puget. Puget was the lieutenant-in-command of HMS Chatham, the survey ship that accompanied the HMS Discovery on the Vancouver Expedition from 1791 to 1795.

Elrington Island trends northeast-southwest for about 11 miles (18 km) at the southwestern end of Prince William Sound, between Latouche and Evans Islands. The name was first reported in 1905 by U.S. Grant of the U.S. Geological Survey and was derived from Point Elrington at the southern tip of the island.

The first documented sighting of a California sea lion in Alaska was in 1973 when an adult male was photographed on a Steller sea lion haulout at Point Elrington. California sea lions in Alaska most often are seen alone and only occasionally in small groups, although hundreds have been found to haul out together along the Washington coast and in southern British Columbia. The relatively few California sea lions found in Alaska usually have been associated with Steller sea lions at their haulouts and rookeries. Read more here and here. Explore of Point Elrington here:

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This ‘warming stripe’ graphic is a visual representation of the change in global temperature from 1850 (top) to 2021 (bottom). Each stripe represents the average global temperature for one year. The average temperature from 1971-2000 is set as the boundary between blue and red. The color scale goes from -0.7°C to +0.7°C. The data are from the UK Met Office HadCRUT4.6 dataset. 

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