The abandoned meteorological station on the island of Goliuch in the Sea of Chukotki has become the home and amusement park of interested polar bears. The Russian photographer has published stunning wildlife photos Dmitry Coke.
The photo of the polar bear in the window, titled Dutsa Season, recently won the title of Best Picture of Wildlife in the Anthropological Environment in a competition held by “National Geographic” magazine.
Polar bear in the window at the former Russian Meteorological Center – Photo: Thanks / Dmitry Coke
Kollywood island is located in the northeast Russia, Sukotka region. The nearest human settlement is 14 kilometers by sea, but the sea around the island is covered with ice for nine months of the year.
There are currently no residential villages on the island of Kollywood, although archaeologists have found that these sites were inhabited 1,500 years ago.
Polar bear in front of a disabled weather station in the Arctic – Photo: Thanks / Dmitry Coke
In 1934, Soviet scientists established a polar station on the North Sea route in the area. The site operated until 1992, when the island was abandoned.
Now, this abandoned station and the wooden houses of the polar explorers are the main attractions of the island.
Polar bear in a disabled Russian station in the Arctic – Photo: Thanks / Dmitry Coke
After the season, the animals and birds regained their natural habitat. They are sometimes visited by scientists or researchers and from time to time by tourists.
In addition to polar bears, walruses and various arctic bird species also inhabit the area.
“People come and go, but animals always live here,” visitors comment on social networks.
Bear in front of the disabled Russian weather station – Photo: Courtesy / Dmitry Coke
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