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Mongolia's dark blue pearl

Appeared in DIVER March 2009

Mongolia - not your first thought for a diving holiday, nor your second. But Steven Schwankert's team was in a high-altitude lake to notch up a string of firsts - and to track down the 'underwater deer'. Photos by Marcel-Kurt Moser


Lake Khovsogol

  • Steven Schwankert
    Steven Schwankert
  • Eight burbot crowd beneath a sunken tree trunk
    Eight burbot crowd beneath a sunken tree trunk.
  • Two divers approach a submerged tree trunk
    Two divers approach a submerged tree trunk. These play the role of a coral reef in protecting and nesting life in Lake Khovsgol.
  • A local totem
    A local totem.
  • Algae balls grow on blades of underwater grass
    Algae balls grow on blades of underwater grass. The lake's underwater landscape in many ways mirrors Mongolia's above-water grasslands.
  • Lichens and algae
    Lichens and algae slowly infest a sunken log.
  • A metre-long burbot
    A metre-long burbot seeks camouflage in the wreckage of the Sukhbataar, a Russian freighter sunk on its maiden voyage 25 years ago.
  • the sonar scan
    This could be 5-6m of underwater deer at 25m depth, as spotted on the sonar scan. It's not a deer as we know it!

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