Dmitry Kokh, a Russian wildlife and underwater photographer, visited an abandoned meteorological station on Kolyuchin Island on a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This little island is in a remote part of the Russian Arctic, in the Chukchi Sea. Although people have long since moved on, Kokh found that other animals were starting to settle in.
The station has been taken over by polar bears, who have made comfortable dwellings out of the abandoned buildings and appear to be thriving there.
Seeing Kokh's images is a pleasant surprise because we don't often see pictures of polar bears in distress. However, from this vantage point, we can witness these amazing animals relaxing on the grass or glancing out of windows to find out what Kokh is up to. Kokh will never soon forget this exhilarating chance to see the polar bears.
In a sailboat, he and his travelling companions explored the unspoiled terrain over a distance of more than 1,200 miles along the coast. Worrangle Island, where they had planned to take polar bear photos, proved to be an unsuccessful trip. Bears are the island's most famous feature, but at the time the explorers landed, they weren't present. Rather, they received something more surprising and possibly even better.