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Bears are getting closer! A look from the depths

One and a half year old cubs are played with an underwater camera on the Kuril Lake

A dynamic photo shoot in the South Kamchatka Federal Wildlife Refuge named after Tikhon Shpilenok. 4 offspring of the bear, nicknamed Matryoha, frolic at the Ozernaya cordon on Lake Kuril, where the largest protected group of brown bears lives in Russia. The author of the images was not threatened, which can not be said about the video camera - there are too many curious noses and claws.

Bears are getting closer! A look from the depths
Photo: Mikhail Korostelev

"This year, like a couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to take pictures of the bears on Lake Kuril in a hurry. South Kamchatka Federal Wildlife Refuge im.Tihona Shpilenka. I decided to prepare well for these shootings. I bought a new camera and a new underwater box to it with a remote descent on a wire length of 10 meters. It turned out interesting and there was a lot of ideas for shooting next season "- said in his blog photographer Mikhail Korostelev.

Brown bears are the main fishermen in the Kuril, in season along the shores of the lake can be at the same time up to 200 bears, gambolling after nerka, playing with each other, raising clouds of crimson roe and splashes, or, already full, freely falling apart under the canopy of trees. The waters of the reservoir invariably boil from the abundance of fish, in August-September spawning in the Kuril Lake comes to 5 millions of sockeye salmon, but its spawning is unusually stretched and lasts until the spring. The eggs of the red fish continue even under the ice.

At the top of the food pyramid of Kurilsky, brown bears and Steller's sea eagles are located, consents, foxes, wolverines, ermines, voles, shrews, and representatives of the winged brotherhood are crows. The South Kamchatsky wildlife sanctuary is an animal house, and here predators are not afraid of a man at all.

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