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  • "The Russian Otto von Kotzebue was the next European, or laluramka (literally, "people from the bearded clan") to explore the island—in 1816—but he was similarly unmoved. Judging its commercial potential to be almost nothing, he, too, sailed on, leaving the island to its isolation until American whalers discovered in the waters off the island one of the last great populations of bowhead whales, or aghvook."

    —James Campbell, The Final Frontiersman (New York and London: Atria Books, 2004), 175

    September 17, 2008