Photos

Open Ocean: Arctic Archipelagoes 2016 Expedition

  • The Alter Ego, expedition yacht, traverses the glacier from Cape Fligely to Cape Wellman, Rudolf Island
  • Polar bear cranium
  • Red algae near Leigh-Smith Island
  • Entomologist Andrei Krasheninnikov on Cape Norway, Jackson Island
  • Zoologist Miroslav Babushkin explores Eurasia’s northernmost bear den on the slope of Cape Fligely
  • Zoologist Miroslav Babushkin catches guillemots to attach transceiver to track location and migration patterns
  • Zoologist Miroslav Babushkin
  • Zoologist Miroslav Babushkin collects walrus skin biopsy samples on Heiss Island. The process of collecting skin and fat samples is almost painless for an animal, like a mosquito bite for a human
  • Zoologist Miroslav Babushkin collects walrus skin biopsy samples on Heiss Island. Biopsy samples from 11 walruses were collected during two hours
  • A polar bear on Franz Josef Land
  • Kittiwakes are the most frequently sighted gull species on the expedition
  • Iceberg in Tikhaya Harbor
  • Tufted saxifrage (Saxifraga caespitosa), Leigh-Smith Island
  • Expedition members Dmitry Moseyev and Yevgeny Kuzmin aboard the yacht monitor the island coastal zone
  • Expedition member Maria Gavrilo aboard the Alter Ego records seabird sightings
  • The Alter Ego, expedition yacht, traverses the glacier from Cape Fligely to Cape Wellman, Rudolf Island
  • Polar bear cranium
  • Red algae near Leigh-Smith Island
  • Entomologist Andrei Krasheninnikov on Cape Norway, Jackson Island
  • Zoologist Miroslav Babushkin explores Eurasia’s northernmost bear den on the slope of Cape Fligely
  • Zoologist Miroslav Babushkin catches guillemots to attach transceiver to track location and migration patterns
  • Zoologist Miroslav Babushkin
  • Zoologist Miroslav Babushkin collects walrus skin biopsy samples on Heiss Island. The process of collecting skin and fat samples is almost painless for an animal, like a mosquito bite for a human
  • Zoologist Miroslav Babushkin collects walrus skin biopsy samples on Heiss Island. Biopsy samples from 11 walruses were collected during two hours
  • A polar bear on Franz Josef Land
  • Kittiwakes are the most frequently sighted gull species on the expedition
  • Iceberg in Tikhaya Harbor
  • Tufted saxifrage (Saxifraga caespitosa), Leigh-Smith Island
  • Expedition members Dmitry Moseyev and Yevgeny Kuzmin aboard the yacht monitor the island coastal zone
  • Expedition member Maria Gavrilo aboard the Alter Ego records seabird sightings
Vladimir Melnik
The Alter Ego, expedition yacht, traverses the glacier from Cape Fligely to Cape Wellman, Rudolf Island

An expedition organized by the Marine Heritage: Studying and Preserving Association set off from Murmansk on July 30. It was designed to conduct biodiversity and ecosystem research in various parts of the Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land archipelagoes. A team of five crewmembers and six researchers (ecologists, biologists and geographers) set off aboard the Alter Ego yacht from Rybny Berth. They prepared a special program to mark 100 years since the Krasin icebreaker's first Arctic voyage.