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Cooling Pond Channelin Chernobyl, Ukraine

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An artificial reservoir built to cool the reactors of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is the habitat of the giant catfish.
Cooling Pond Channel, Chernobyl
The artificial pond of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and its channels were created to cool its reactors. During the accident at the station in the cooling pond, fragments of the exploded reactor as well as many other contaminated elements were thrown away.

Now the level of water pollution in the pond has significantly decreased - radioactive nuclides have settled to the bottom and covered with bottom sediments.

Cooling pond canal near the Pripyat and Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
Photo: Cooling pond canal near the Pripyat and Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, © Timon

Nowadays, from the bridge over the canal, plant workers and visitors feed fishes including huge catfishes, some them weigh from 70 kilograms and reach a length of three or more meters!

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#1Feed giant catfish in ChernobylFeed giant catfishДарья Слепакова

Chernobyl cooling pond is the habitat of one's of the most giant catfishes. Do not miss the opportunity to feed these creatures!

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Location: Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

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#1One-day tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from KievOne-day tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from Kiev

1 day. 10 mind-blowing locations. 100 abandoned buildings. 1000 photos. Book to get mind-blowing emotions!

UAH 1053+/person
#4Two-days tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from KievTwo-days tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from Kiev

You will visit the ghost city and feel the whole horror of the tragedy at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

UAH 2222+/person
#5Cruise on the ship to Chernobyl and PripyatCruise on the ship to Chernobyl and Pripyat

Get a sea of thrills from a boat trip to the lost world of a dead city.

UAH 335000/tour
#2One-day private tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from KievOne-day private tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from Kiev

One day in the Exclusion Zone and you will learn everything about this desolate tragical place.

UAH 1794+/person
#3Urgent one-day tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from KievUrgent one-day tour (Chernobyl + Pripyat) from Kiev

The most horrifying post apocalyptic picture of Chernobyl and Pripyat in one day

UAH 3999+/person

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#9Azure Swimming Pool in ChernobylAzure Swimming Pool

Before the catastrophe, Azure Swimming Pool was a very beautiful place. Here the townspeople and visitors of the city came to swim and relax.

#22Monument to the Chernobyl Liquidators in ChernobylMonument to the Chernobyl Liquidators

The memorial set up by the 10th anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster. Inscription says "To Those Who Saved the World".

#17Music school in ChernobylMusic school

This school is a true example of the post-apocalyptic atmosphere of the gloomy, dark, abandoned Pripyat ghost town.

#13New Sarcophagus in ChernobylNew Sarcophagus

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant's fourth reactor is now saftly isolated by New Safe Confinement, covering the first sarcophagus - Shelter Object.

#23KGB building in ChernobylKGB building

Shortly before the Chernobyl disaster, here, in Pripyat, located in a couple kilometers from the power plant, the construction of the KGB building began.

#19Hospital MSCh-126 in ChernobylHospital MSCh-126

An eerie place, where all your body shivers - the hospital, which was the first to receive affected from the explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

#21Jupiter factory in ChernobylJupiter factory

In Soviet Union times Jupiter factory was a strictly secret facility. Officially it produced rollers rof tape mechanisms for common tape recorders.

#18Lenin monument in ChernobylLenin monument

The monument in honour of the first Union of Soviet Socialist Republics leader is still located in the deserted dismal Chernobyl city.

#11Amusement park in ChernobylAmusement park

An amazingly tempting and simultaneously frightening place, which has become popular thank to many games and movies - is truly worthy of its reputation.

#5Exclusion Zone in ChernobylExclusion Zone

The most contaminated with radiation area around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was named a 30-kilometer exclusion zone.

#6USSR 16-story building in ChernobylUSSR 16-story building

One of the few sixteen-story buildings built in Pripyat. if you rise up here, you can see the city as on the palm of your hand.

#24Fire Station in ChernobylFire Station

The fire brigade left from here to eliminate the Chernobyl disaster in April, 26 1986. All ten members of that brigade died from radiation.

Photo credit © Eamonn Butler