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A fisherman’s boat in Lake Baikal
The deep, frigid waters of Lake Baikal look calm enough, but if locals are to be believed, mysteries abound in this ancient body of water. Aliens, supernatural powers, ancient curses, dragons, even a visit from Jesus – there seems to be no end to the bizarre stories linked to this freshwater lake in southern Siberia.
Yet even without the strange tales, this would be a fascinating place – one of incredible beauty and with enough ecological value to make it a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the largest and oldest lake on Earth, not to mention one of the most biologically unique.