Photographer Finds Polar Bears That Took Over Deserted Buildings

A Russian photographer has captured a captivating sequence of pictures displaying polar bears which have taken over the deserted buildings of a meteorological station on an island between Russia and Alaska.

In September 2021, photographer Dmitry Kokh traveled via islands within the Chukchi Sea, a marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean that sits between Russia and Alaska.

“Being the farthest and most Japanese a part of Russian Arctic, this place may be very onerous to get but additionally troublesome to overlook,” Kokh writes. “We traveled by the crusing yacht alongside the coast and coated greater than 1,200 miles of untouched landscapes, villages misplaced in time, spots with numerous fauna and seas energetic.”

Kokh was on a private mission to {photograph} polar bears, and his expedition initially centered on Wrangel Island, which is world-famous for being a spot to come across the bears. In 2021, nevertheless, presumably because of the very chilly summer season, the island was devoid of its typical polar bear inhabitants.

“However nature at all times sending you one thing if you least anticipate it — after we handed via the Kolyuchin Island close to the Northern coast of Chukotka, we noticed some actions within the home windows of the deserted home windows there,” Kokh says. “And after we received shut — these have been bears!”

The photographer says that polar bears have by no means been noticed within the deserted buildings of the climate station on the island, which was constructed within the Thirties and deserted within the early Nineties. He calls the encounter a “once-in-a-lifetime scenario” that he was capable of seize with “know-how and a little bit little bit of magic,” in accordance with DIYPhotography.

Kokh managed to seize close-up images of the polar bears roaming inside and out of doors the run-down constructions. Among the bears would casually look out the home windows on the photographer once they seen him round.

Kolyuchin Island is discovered simply 6.8 miles (11km) north of Russia’s Chukotka Peninsula, and the tiny tundra-covered island measures 2.8 miles (4.5km) in size with a most width of simply 0.93 miles (1.5km).

“[A]bout 9 months a 12 months the ocean across the island is roofed with ice,” Russia Past writes. “There aren’t any residential settlements on Kolyuchin Island (though archeologists established that these locations have been inhabited 1,500 years in the past).

“In 1934, Soviet scientists constructed a polar station of the Northern Sea Route right here. It functioned till 1992, when it was closed. The island was then deserted.”

One in every of Kokh’s pictures from his sequence, which reveals a polar bear leaning out of a damaged window, received the prize for “Finest Picture of Wildlife in an Anthropogenic Atmosphere” in a 2021 Russian pictures contest organized by Nationwide Geographic.

It appears the polar bears on the island at the moment are blissful to have the land and deserted settlements totally to themselves.

You could find extra of the photographer’s work on his web site and Instagram.

Picture credit: Pictures by Dmitry Kokh

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