Sakhalin (Russian: Сахалин, Japanese:サハリン, pronounced [səxɐˈlʲin]) is a large Russian island in the North Pacific Ocean, lying between 45°50' and 54°24' N. It is Russia's largest island, and is administered as part of Sakhalin Oblast. Sakhalin, which is about one fifth the size of Japan, is just off the east coast of Russia, and just north of Japan.
The indigenous peoples of the island are the Ainu, Oroks and Nivkhs.Sakhalin has been claimed by both Russia and Japan over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. This has led to bitter disputes between the two countries over control of the island. Russia seized the island from the Japanese near the end of World War II. Most Ainu moved to Hokkaidō when the Japanese were displaced from the island in 1949.
Since ancient times, the Ainu people of Sakhalin Island and northern Japan have sighted many Kami in the seas and regions around Sakhalin Island. Three of the most known Ainu cryptids are Akkorokamui (Japanese:アッコロカムイ), Yaoshikepu (Japanese: ヤオシケプ), and Kussie (Japanese クッシー, Kushii).In recent times, many mysterious creatures have washed up on the Sakhalin Coast. Russian soldiers stationed in Sakhalin Island have documented these strange creatures; prompting scientists to try to determine whether these strange cadavers are the result new species, rare diseases, or bizarre mutations.
Sakhalin Island Sea Wolf
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In August 28, 2006 a creature was found by Russian soldiers on the Sakhalin shoreline latter dubbed "The Sakhalin Island Sea Wolf".
According to a scientific survey, the bones and teeth are not of a fish. According to its skeletal remains, it was not a crocodile or alligator; its skull resembled that of a canine, while the creatures rear coincides with that of a fish. Its skin was covered with fur-like hair.
After the sighting, it was taken by Russian special services for in-depth studies.
Sakhalin Island Woolly Whale
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Scientists have yet to identify the strange prehistoric-like "mutant", which has similarities to a dolphin but is twice as large as a human being.