DEIMOS-1 Image of the week (acquired 25/6/2015): Tyuleniy Archipelago
This image shows the Tyuleniy Archipelago located in the northeastern Caspian Sea and administratively belonging to Kazakhstan. The islands visible from left to right are: Kulaly, Morskoy, Rybachy, Podgornyy and Novyy. Kulaly island is the westernmost and longest island and the only one inhabited. Morskoy island is the second largest island mostly characterized by wetlands. The islands are desert-like and sandy, with little grass and reeds. The islands have been declared an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) and a National Protected Zone (State Reservation). Many Caspian seals come to the shores of these islands, hence their name “Tyuleniy”, which means “seal”. There are also large concentrations of seagulls and wetland birds in the archipelago during their nesting period.