Scammon Bay, Yukon River Delta

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Scammon Bay is a community at the base of the Askinuk Mountains, on the left bank and 1 mile (1.6 km) from the mouth of the Kun River, in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

The post office, established in 1951, is primarily responsible for standardizing the name of Scammon Bay. The village is also known as "Mariak" and the people are referred to as Mariagamiut. Scammon Bay is named after Charles M. Scammon, a whaler in the mid-1800's. He worked for a time on the Western Union Telegraph Expedition that attempted to establish a telegraph link between North America and Europe.

Charles Scammon is also known for discovering the grey whale nursery lagoons on the Baja Peninsula (Scammon’s Lagoon) that led to the near extinction of the species. He wrote several books including The Marine Mammals of the North-Western Coast of North America (1874). Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Scammon Bay.

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