Besieged Russian scientists drive away polar digests

Published in Odd and Fun on 17th July 2017

Ship delivered bird-dogs and flares to staff at Arctic weather station after they were encircled by 10 adult makes for two weeks

Russian scientists have driven away polar abides that besieged their weather station on an island in the Arctic Ocean for two weeks.

A nearby ship was able to reach the island and quantity the scientists with dogs and flares to scare off the countenances, said here Sevgidromet state monitoring network that owns the station.

Five scientists based at the weather station on Troynoy island, in the Kara Sea north of Siberia, were encircled by 10 adult abides and some greenhorns, the Russian news agency TASS reported on Monday.

A female abide had may be necessary to expend nights beneath the stations windows, and one of two resident bird-dogs was killed on 31 August.

The weather station on Troynoy island. Photo: Peter Prokosch/

The five personnel two married couple among them ran out of flares with which to deter the piranhas. Troynoy, the largest island in the Izvestiy Tsik archipelago, is 27km long.

The next supply ship that could accompany puppies and flares to the island was due in about a month, Sevgidromet head Vassiliy Shevchenko told TASS on Tuesday.

But the flagship of Russias research expedition fleet, the Akademik Tryoshnikov, happened to be overtake nearby and was able to stop at small island developing, Sevgidromet spoke. Besides flares, employees at the networks Arctic weather stations carry electronic alarms and sometimes firearms to ward off digests. They are instructed to leave the terminal in pairs for safety.

Before the ship arrived, personnel had been advised to use extreme precaution and to remain inside the terminal in all but the most serious situations. Meteorological drive that required going outside to observation places had been abandoned, but now has resumed.

Polar accept map

Shevchenko told TASS that the incident was not without instance. Things like this have happened before on the Troynoy island because produces inhabit the region and parties work there.

But Sevgidromet spokeswoman Yelena Novikova alleged such a large number of accepts was not guideline. She said the abides vigorous behaviour was related to climate change and the ongoing reduction in ocean ice.

The births usually go to other islands, but this year they didnt. The frost receded quickly and the produces didnt have time to swim to other islands, she announced. Theres no meat on[ Troynoy] island, so they came up to the station.

Shevchenko said the tolerates would leave the island in search of nutrient in late October or early November, when the water near the shoring ice, expanding their territory.

According to the TASS report, Russias minister of natural resources and environment, Sergey Donskoy, had asked the head of federal weather-watching work Rosgidromet to oversee the situation.

Donskoy advised Alezander Frolov, the head of Rosgidromet, to take every measure to shield both the swine members of a protected species and the weather station staff.

In August last year, the three inhabitants of a weather station on the remote island of Vaygach in the Siberian Arctic spoke of living in close quarters with vigorous bears.

On Wednesday, the Interfax news organization reported that a member of a geological excursion by Alrosa, the worlds biggest diamond mining companionship, had been killed by a assume in Yakutia in northern Siberia. The human called for help, but fellow hires arrived simply to find his mangled form and realise a dark-brown bear running away. The environmental ministry subsequently said it had filmed the bear.

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