Cyberian Dispatch 11: Expedition to the Rookery

Posted on 03.19.2019 in Of Note

Gabriela Bulisova & Mark Isaac

In the middle of Lake Baikal is a remote archipelago called the Ushkanii Islands, including Big Ushkan Island, and three smaller islands, Tiny, Round and Long. These secluded and rugged isles are primarily known as the site of a rookery.

Can’t remember what a “rookery” is? Neither could we. Dictionary.com defines it as “a breeding place or colony of gregarious birds or animals, as penguins and seals.” The Ushkanii islands are the mating spot of the world’s only entirely freshwater seal, or nerpa, the exceptionally cute mammal that is at the top of Baikal’s food chain.

For more on this topic, please visit the full blog post at: http://atlantika-collective.com/blog/2019/3/19/cyberian-dispatch-11-expedition-to-the-rookery.

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