21 July. Investigating the past we understand the present and forecast the future
The day started unusually quietly. Our research vessel “G. Yu. Vereshchagin” reached Listvyanka during the night. Since we were adjusted to the sound of the constantly working engines of the ship, now the silence makes us feel as deaf. And the absence of the boat swinging also makes us feel strange. After two weeks in the lake you begin to adjust to the unusual conditions. Everybody was enthusiast about our excursion to the Limnological museum, most participants of the second leg were happy to walk for several kilometers to the museum, and the thirst of new knowledge of participants of the third leg dominated on theirs fatigue from the flight.
Baikal museum impressed us with the Lake model collections, including interactive ones. There was a lot of information about the geological formation and estimated time of Baikal spreading. We also observed maps of seismic activity regions, endemic fish, crustaceans and others fauna.
Inside the museum there is also a small aquarium with several types of endemics fish and two exemplars of Baikal phoca. The seal named Musya amused us very much. You will understand why when you will look at the pictures. Our museum guide, Ol’ga Vasil’evna, told us that the Baikal phoca is not only the smallest seal in our planet, but also the one with the longest longevity, up to 60 years.
Inside the museum there is also a model of our vessel “G. Yu. Vereschagin”, we wanted to announce everyone that we are not only common visitors, but participants of the expedition Class@Baikal and that we only tonight returned from the cruise, and that we will leave again in a few hours. But, of course, nobody said a word, everyone hesitated.
On the way back to the port we met a fisherman and a diver over the promenade. We don’t know for how long they have been there and who are they waiting for. We shall answer this question during our next stop in Listvyanka.
The participants of the second leg shared with their impressions.
Those who just arrived are immediately involved in ship activities. Safety onboard is among the priorities for any expedition. The safety instruction is given by Andrey Khabuev.
Not only our friends who left the ship are saying good bye while we are heading to our new destination for Leg 3 of Class@Baikal-2015.
…also the local population of Baikalian water fauna suddenly appeared: the heads of swimming musk-rats showed up besides the ship.
They said good bye to us impatiently waiting for our return.