Lake Baikal, near Irkutsk in Russia is one of the most beautiful Lakes in the world, and it isn’t surprising that there are many Baikal films in existence. In this post I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite films about Lake Baikal.
First up, here’s a great little documentary about Baikal:
One of the things they talk about most is the Nerpa seal, the only freshwater seal in existence. How it survives in such a small and cold ecosystem I’m not sure. Here’s a Nerpa seal video – it’s possibly my favourite Baikal Film:
The BBC were reported in 2002 as being about to make a Lake Baikal Documentary, but I haven’t been able find any copies of this on sites like Youtube. I have found this link to David Attenborough’s Living Planet documentary about Lake Baikal, which contains a beautiful high quality video of the marine life. Sadly they didn’t have an embed code, so you’ll need to visit the site to watch the video.
While researching this article, I was surprised to see that there is also a Russian company called Baikal Films which seems to exist only to make videos of naturism and Russian boys at Lake Baikal. While I’m sure they’re very attractive, I can’t help but think that I’d rather watch a video about the beautiful Nerpa seals and Baikal’s amazing ice shelf.
A few more facts about Lake Baikal – the deepest freshwater lake in the world, and is estimated to be around 25 million years old, which also makes it the world’s oldest lake. Lake Baikal is situated in Siberia, Russia, near the city of Irkutsk. More than 330 rivers feed water into Lake Baikal, but only one river flows out – the mighty River Angara, which flows north through Irkutsk and Siberia. Recently, environmental concerns about the lake have focused on the Baikalsk Wood Pulp and Paper Mill, which is on the Southern shore of the lake. The mill recently closed, a victim of the recession, but environmental groups are worried that it might soon re-open.