16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
El matador...

One of the objectives of the expedition 'Open Ocean: Arctic Archipelagos' was to study the population of Atlantic walrus on the islands of Franz-Joseph Land archipelago. Taking biopsy samples from walruses task is a delicate and, at times, requiring the skills of a matador and a special forces scout rolled into one.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2016
Date Uploaded: 10.2018
Photo Location: Russia
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Vladimir Melnik