Tyuleniy Island

Friday, August 29, 2014

The World anchored off Tyuleniy Island and we got our first chance to get out in the zodiacs to go a spot some seals. And seals we spotted… thousands of them: Northern fur seals and Northern, or Steller’s sea lions.

In the afternoon we attended a very enlightening and passionately delivered lecture by Professor Ludmilla Selezneva (1): ‘Gorbachev and the End of the USSR’.

Hilde, Tricia and Stephen.
Northern fur seal.
Steller sea lions.
No space left on the beach.
The waters were teeming with wildlife.

(1) From the Expedition notes: 

Ludmilla Selezneva is Professor of History and Politics at the Humanitarian University, Moscow. She graduated with honors from Rostov State University in Rostov-on-Don in 1978, where she received her first doctorate in history (PhD) in 1982. Professor Selezneva attained her second doctorate in 1996 from the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow). 

She has published more than 10 books and 50 articles, and participated in more than 100 national and international conferences on politics, history and government. 

Speaking tours have taken her to universities, schools, business conferences, and local communities in London, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Eton, Glasgow, Manchester, Bath, York, Norfolk, Suffolk, Inverness, Scarborough, Nottingham, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, New York, Washington DC, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Fresno, Dallas, and Amsterdam.