The Primorsky Aquarium’s Inhabitants to Star in the National Geographic TV Series

14 November 2017

The Primorsky Aquarium’s Inhabitants to Star in the National Geographic TV Series

The Wild Edens: Russia TV series that will be broadcast on National Geographic Channel narrate and show incredible wildlife of Russia - from the south Primorsky Krai to the cold Yamal Peninsula located in the northwest Siberia. The filmmakers also will discover Yakutia, Kamchatka, and Lake Baikal to capture endemic animals such as Amur tigers, polar wolves, and Baikal seals.

It is a great challenge to take a close-up in the wild - the filming can stretch on several months. That is why the filmmaking company has reached out to organizations occupied in study and conservation of rare and Red Book animals.

The film crew asked the Primorsky Aquarium for assistance in capturing Baikal seals for their TV series. As a reminder, our Amur River, Lake Khanka, and Lake Baikal Exhibit houses three freshwater seals: three-year-age mail Alf and two-year-age females Businka (“Bead”) and Tuchka (“Cloudlet”). The trio was delighted to pose for camera not only through their tank’s glass but also within water where they were filmed using an action camera.

Paul Dennis, the Wild Edens: Russia documentary’s producer said that he really enjoyed watching these wonderful creatures. He thanked Primorsky Aquarium for cooperation and help, which allowed them to succeed in taking the shots required. “It is very important for us the animals to be in a setting that is as natural as possible,” he noted.

After our exhibits tour given, Ralph Bower, the cameraman said that the Aquarium is fantastic facilities and he would like to visit it again with his family to show it to his kids. He have been in Sidney and California aquariums but the Primorsky Aquarium has much greater impressed him. “What is more,” he added smiling, “the Baikal seal living here is nearly my namesake – his name is Alf and I am Ralph.”

The crew spent all the day in the Primorsky Aquarium. The film will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel next year.