The scientists have provided the first results of the Owner of the Arctic expedition
An expedition of Russian scientists, who conducted aerial inventory of polar bears and marine mammals in the coastal areas of the Russian Arctic, had lasted for three weeks and came to an end.
The researchers have found hundreds of deers, walruses and white whales, as well as about 40 red-booked predators who left the shoreline and were hunting in the tundra.
The expedition was aimed at studying the polar bear population of the Kara-Barents Sea in the ice-free period. The scientists had counted the number of species, studied how the population was distributed, how the predators hunted, and assessed the ecological situation.
The researchers flew along 11 routes by AeroVolga LA-8 amphibious aircraft; the whole flight had taken more than 50 hours. The aircraft was equipped with a modern video shooting system, a thermal imaging camera and a photo camera.