Bear patrol on Kolguyev Island
During the one-week stay at the village of Bugrino members of the expedition improved the work of local Marine Mammal Observers, whose task was to observe walruses and polar bears. Now Kolguyev island has its own «bear patrol».
“The information about polar bears and Atlantic walruses from this region is very important to us,” says Viktor Nikiforov, Director of WWF Russia Programmes. “Now the most western «bear patrol» in the Russian Arctic Region is going to help us on Kolguyev Island.”
On the evening of the 3rd of July experts from the Murmansk Marine Biological Institute, All-Russian Institute for Nature Protection, WWF and the Marine Mammal Council returned to Severodvinsk on a small yacht called 'The Return”.
During their two and a half weeks stay they made ship observations of the spreading of sea mammals in the region, took water samples for the examination of phytoplankton. Members of the expedition paid particular attention to the observation of the coast of Kolguyev Island in those areas, where scientists suggest organization of a natural area of protection. Marine mammals near the island had almost never been observed before.
The weather in the Arctic region changed rapidly - a strong north-western wind blew for almost a week, it stormed. Researchers examined «cats» (sand bars) on motorboats and on a yacht, strong waves occasionally prevented the experts from landing.