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Dive Sites

Kishkin Island (the Grotto)

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 49,5 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 4m

D max = 45m

Currents: weak

Difficulty: high

Flora and Fauna: large colonies of Metridium Senile sea anemones and arctic soft corals. sea bass, cod

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Cheremshikha Island (the Wall)

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 49,36 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 6m

D max = 47m

Currents: weak

Difficulty: high

Flora and Fauna: sea bass, cod, wolffish (Anarhichadidae), extensive kelp forest

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Cheremshikha Island (the Grotto)

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 49,1 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 14m

D max = 43m

Currents: basically not so strong

Difficulty: high

Flora and Fauna: colony of Metridium Senile sea anemones, soft corals Gersemia fruticosa, sea bass

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Ludushka of Kast'jan Island

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 14,24 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 5m

D max = 25m

Currents: basically weak

Difficulty: low to medium

Fauna: nudibranchs of different species, rich kelp forest fauna, sea angels (Clione limacina)

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Kast'jan Island (the Mooring Wall)

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 14,25 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 3m

D max = 27m

Currents: basically weak

Difficulty: medium

Flora and Fauna: sea anemones, small invertebrates, cottids and small fish

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Kast'jan Island (the Cape)

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 13,72 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 2m

D max = 27m

Currents: basically weak

Difficulty: low to medium

Flora and Fauna: sessile jellyfish, starfish, mollusks, wolffish (Anarhichadidae)


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Molochnitsa East (Shelepov Stone)

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 12,97 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 0,5m

D max = 45m

Currents: basically not so strong, but considerable on the surface

Difficulty: low to medium and high

Flora and Fauna: brown seaweed Fucus, Laminaria Digitata, rich fauna of kelp forest, colonies of Metridium Senile sea anemones, wolffish (Anarhichadidae)


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White Whale Rock

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 12,9 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 1m

D max = 13m

Currents: basically not so strong, considerable on the surface

Difficulty: low to medium

Fauna: colony of Metridium Senile sea anemones, wolffish (Anarhichadidae), rich fauna of kelp forest

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Sea Anemones

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 12,84 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 4m

D max = 8m

Currents: considerable on the surface, not so strong on the seabed

Difficulty: low

Fauna: colony of Metridium Senile sea anemones, fauna of kelp forest

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The Beauty

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 12,84 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 0,5m

D max = 50m

Currents: basically weak, but considerable on the surface

Difficulty: low to medium

Fauna: large populations of Metridium Senile sea anemones

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Molochnitsa West

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 12,84 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 0,5m

D max = 50m

Currents: basically not so strong, but considerable on the surface

Difficulty: low to medium

Flora and Fauna: colonies of Metridium Senile sea anemones

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Orange Garden

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 8,94 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 10m

D max = 40m

Currents: basically not so strong

Difficulty: medium

Fauna: large populations of actinia Metridium Senile at all depths of the dive site

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Sea Anemones Paradise

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 9,03 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 6m

D max = 30m

Currents: basically not so strong

Difficulty: medium

Fauna: large populations of Metridium Senile sea anemones at all depths of the dive site

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Panfilov Pinnacle, Flower Bed #2

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 8,98 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 6m

D max = 18m

Currents: basically not so strong

Difficulty: medium

Flora and Fauna: colonies of Metridium Senile sea anemones at all depths of the dive site

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Velikaya Salma Strait, sponges and kelp forest

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 8,73 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 6m

D max = 24m

Currents: strong, may be very strong

Difficulty: high

Flora and Fauna: Laminaria digitata, fauna of strong currents: sponges and hydroids of various species, skeleton shrimps (Caprellidae), nudibranchs, bristle worms

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Kindo Cape

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 4,8 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 2m

D max = 30m

Currents: strong on the surface

Difficulty: low to medium

Flora and Fauna: Laminaria Digitata, Laminaria Saccarina calcareous algae, rich fauna of kelp forest, lumpfish (Cyclopterus lumpus), wolffish (Anarhichadidae)

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Biofilter Bay

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 4, 25 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 2m

D max = 12m

Currents: insignificant

Difficulty: low, medium

Fauna: nudibranch mollusks Coryphella Verrucasa, sea anemonesCerianthus Lloydii, cod

Reference:
Biofilter Bay is a small bay, that goes far into the shore and is protected by steep cliffs on one side. The bay is free from sea currents. The vertical rocky wall extends down to 7-8m. under water, then the slope becomes flatter and gradually turns into a silted seabed at a depth of 12-15m. From the water's edge down to 6-7 meters, there are brown seaweed - fucus and kelp. Local dwellers are starfish and Ascidiacea sp, one can also come across Nudibranchiata molluscs, gastropods and bivalve molluscs. The name ‘the Biofilter Bay’ comes from the numerous water filtering aquatic animals that inhabit this area.

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Epishkin Islands

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: less than 100m.

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 1m

D max = 15m

Currents: from weak to strong

Difficulty: low to medium

Flora and Fauna: fucus brown algae, sea grass, small invertebrates, starfish

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White Whales Enclosure

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: next to the pier

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 5-6m

D max = 8m

Currents: weak

Difficulty: medium

Reference: Beluga whale or White whale (Delphinapterus leucas), is a mammal of the dolphin family, the toothed whales suborder. Males reach 7m. length and 2 tonns of weight, females are smaller. It inhabits the Arctic and Subarctic seas, circumpolar between 50° and 80°N.

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Ship Wreck "Nautchniy"

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 1,89 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 17m

D max = 22m

Currents: from weak to strong

Difficulty: medium

Technical data: "Yaroslavets" diving boat

Owner: WSBS MSU

Year of construction: early 70's

Year of sinking: early 90's

Dimensions: 21m x 4m

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Ship Wreck "MRB"

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 2,6 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 12m

D max = 18m

Currents: from weak to strong

Difficulty: medium

Technical data: wooden fishing boat

Owner: WSBS MSU

Year of construction: no data

Year of sinking: early 90's

Dimensions: 12m х 3m

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Tokarev Ridge

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 2,98 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 9m

D max = 40m

Currents: from weak to strong

Difficulty: medium

Flora and Fauna: Arctic soft corals, colonies of Metridium Senile sea anemones, rare brittle stars Ophiuroidea gorgonacephalus (‘Head of Gorgon’)

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Coral Pinnacle

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 3,26 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 15m

D max = 45m

Currents: basically not so strong

Difficulty: medium to high

Fauna: arctic corals, sea anemones of different species, small invertebrates, rare brittle stars Ophiuroidea gorgonacephalus (‘Head of Gorgon’)

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Small Cross Island

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 3,4 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 1m

D max = 30m

Currents: basically not so strong

Difficulty: low to medium

Flora and Fauna: sea bass, cod, wolffish (Anarhichadidae), rich fauna of kelp forest

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Big Cross Island (Sea Anemones Rock)

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 3,93 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 1m

D max = 4m

Currents: basically not so strong

Difficulty: low to medium

Flora and Fauna: large populations of Metridium Senile sea anemones, cod, wolffish (Anarhichadidae), nudibranch mollusks, fauna of kelp forest, Sabellidae (feather duster worms).

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Big Cross Island (Stone Garden)

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 3,93 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 5m

D max = 12m

Currents: basically weak

Difficulty: low to medium

Flora and Fauna: Laminaria Digitata, Laminaria Saccarina calcareous algae, fauna of kelp forest and of sandy sea bottom

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Big Cross Island (Daddy's Stone)

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 3,93 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 1m

D max = 4m

Currents: basically weak

Difficulty: low to medium

Flora and Fauna: various algae species , small invertebrates

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Big Cross Island (the Plateau)

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 3,91 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 2m

D max = 10m

Currents: basically weak

Difficulty: medium

Flora and Fauna: various algae species , small invertebrates

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Flower Bed

Distance from the "Arctic Circle" Dive Centre: 3,3 km

Depths (at low tide):

D min = 12m

D max = 17m

Currents: considerable on the surface, not so strong on the ground

Difficulty: medium

Fauna: a large colony of Metridium Senile sea anemones, wolffish, cod

Reference: Flower Bed – is an underwater rock outcropping. Stones of various sizes are piled amidst flat silted seabed as if it has been done on purpose.

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