Wildlife thrives in Chernobyl as scientists capture a delightful image of an otter living in the exclusion zone
- Chernobyl was abandoned in 1986 after a blast in a power plant.
- Humans have not returned, but there is no evidence of wildlife
- Wolves were discovered in 2015 and in a recent study, otters were found.
- Researchers believe that wildlife thrives in Chernobyl
The wildlife thrives in Chernobyl as scientists discover an otter roaming the exclusion zone around the nuclear power plant that exploded in 1986.
One month-long study used hidden cameras to find 15 mammals and bird species in the quarantine.
The researchers used fish carcasses to lure wildlife to the shores of rivers and canals in the contaminated zone.
This study provides further evidence that wildlife thrives in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ).
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Scientists used fish carcasses to rescue the wildlife toward the riverbed and take pictures. Eagles, Mink, and (pictured) River Otter
James Beaseley, a professor at the University of Georgia, said, "These animals were photographed while trapping fish carcasses at the shoreline of rivers and canals in the CEZ were placed.
"We have seen evidence of a variety of wildlife in the CEZ through our previous research, but this is the first time we have seen white-tailed eagle, American mink, and river otters on our cameras."
In a study in 2015, wild animals were first sighted in the 2,500 square kilometer environmental zone, which was abandoned by humans in 1986. Gray wolves were just one of the then discovered animals.
This latest study shows that live in the zone living wildlife such as otter and mink.
Researchers set up fish carcasses on the edge of the open waters of the Pripyat River and nearby canals, reflecting the natural activity that occurs when currents transport dead animals to the shore.
The results show that 98 percent of fish living cadavers were consumed within a week.
The CEZ is a 1,600 square-mile zone abandoned in 1986 after a power plant explosion. As the map shows, it lies between the Ukraine and Belarus and was formerly part of the Soviet Union. On the river in Pripyat, the nearest town to the explosion site, wildlife was observed.
Professor Beasley said: "This is a high clean-up rate, and given that all of our carcasses have been consumed by terrestrial or semi-aquatic species.
& # 39; It confirms that the movement of food resources between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems is more often than often recognized.
"We tend to keep fish and other aquatic animals in the aquatic ecosystem.
"This research shows us that when a fair proportion of dead fish reach the coast, a whole group of terrestrial and semi-aquatic species transmits these aquatic nutrients to the terrestrial landscape."
The team compared Scavenger activity on the river with scavenger activity on the canals. They were more efficient in the river as the limited shoreline made the fish easier to find.
One of the iconic images of Chernobyl showing a Ferris wheel that has long stopped spinning. The area was abandoned in 1986 after the explosion. The radiation is still too high for humans. However, the wildlife has retreated, and studies show that they thrive
The CEZ exists due to an explosion in 1986 in a former power plant of the Soviet Union in Pripyat, into which radioactive material invaded the environment.
A fire in one of the nuclear reactors caused an explosion, meaning that the area was evacuated.
More than 100,000 people (116,000) had to go permanently, ruining villages and towns.
The radiation exposure is still too high for the return of humans, but the wildlife has retreated to the zone and is now thriving.
The study was published by Food Webs.
WHAT IS THE CHERNOBYL EXCLUSION ZONE?
In 1986, an explosion in the Chernobyl power plant in the former Soviet Union city of Pripyat caused radioactive material to leak out into the area.
The explosion was caused by a fire in one of the two countries The nuclear reactors and the surrounding area were evacuated.
Around 116,000 people were permanently evacuated from the restricted area around the power plant, villages and towns had to be ruined.
While radiation levels in the region are still considered too high for human return, wildlife has returned to the 4,300 km² Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ) and is thriving.
While the radiation in the region is still considered too high for the return of humans, animals are like wolves (pictured) moved back to the area and blossom
Many argue that the region should be given to the animals that have established themselves in the region – a radioactive conservation area.
Animal and plant studies around Chernobyl are now providing clues as to what the world would be doing, as if people were suddenly disappearing.
Scientists monitor the health of plants and animals in the restricted area to see how they respond to chronic radiation exposure.
Researcher-appointed camera traps have an impressive array of wildlife including wolves, lynx, mice, captive boars, deer, horses, and many others as they wander the area.
It shows that three decades after the disaster, the area is far from being a wasteland. Instead, life thrives there.