Kamtschatka, a Russian Far Eastern peninsula of Siberia stretching into the Sea of Ochotsk towards Japan, has a rich wildlife subject to (by Siberian standards not so) extreme seasonal ... See full summary »
Kamtschatka, a Russian Far Eastern peninsula of Siberia stretching into the Sea of Ochotsk towards Japan, has a rich wildlife subject to (by Siberian standards not so) extreme seasonal extremes. The short summer a,d intermediate seasons are abundant, the long winter almost as grim as in permafrost. Written by
This is a region of the planet not many people have seen, according to the narrator of this "Wild Russia" episode on Animal Planet HD.
It is located at the far eastern part of Russia and is a peninsula. For six months of the year, it is frozen. When that's over, the brown bears come out of hibernation and the bears here are more numerous and bigger than anywhere. We see them as they struggle to find enough salmon to eat to keep them alive during their long hibernation.
We also see fights between the big Stellar's Eagles and Golden Eagles (over food, naturally) and we see beautiful foxes and much lush greenery and flowers. Unfortunately, a good chunk of that was destroyed in 2007 while this was being filmed when one of the many volcanoes on the peninsula erupted, sending tons of slag and mud into the beautiful Valley Of Geysers, ruining a big piece of it forever. We see a brown bear sadly trying to cope with it. The peninsula has over 150 volcanoes with about 30 of them still active.
Between the volcanoes and poachers (salmon and a few other things) the bears and such might be in for a rough future on this magnificent part of the world which Russia kept hidden from outsiders, according to the narrator, for decades.
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