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Photographs by Nikita Ovsyanikov

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© 1996 Nikita Ovsyanikov

Walruses use their long tusks to anchor themselves to ice floes.


© 1996 Nikita Ovsyanikov

Polar bears are social and playful animals.


© 1996 Nikita Ovsyanikov

Arctic foxes scavenge the coast for food, sometimes preying on seal cubs.


© 1996 Nikita Ovsyanikov

Spared during the last Ice Age, relics of ancient tundra steppe remain on Wrangel Island.



© 1996 Nikita Ovsyanikov

Snowy owls nest on the island, feeding mainly on lemmings.


© 1996 Nikita Ovsyanikov

Wrangel and Herald Islands are the only land masses in the Chukchi Sea.

 


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