Life on water
Welcome to Vylkove, be careful not to get your feet wet. The fact is that this is the last settlement on the Danube river before it flows into the Black Sea, and the city is located not so much on the shores as directly in the water. And instead of streets, there are canals through which everyone moves.
Vylkove was formed in the middle of the 18th century, when Old Believer Christians, followed by Cossacks, fled from inhabited territories to the Danube floodplains to escape the Russian Empire’s regular repressions. Finally, everyone worked together to dig canals between the islands at the mouth of the Danube and create a life between water and land.
The main activity of Vylkove residents is fishing. In the spring, herring come to the mouth of the Danube, and local fishermen take to the river in hundreds of boats. Other important species include sturgeon and salmon. Everyone at Vylkove is convinced that the taste of their fish is absolutely unique because it feeds on Danube plankton.
Pelicans will also agree with people — in the Ukrainian part of the delta, there is one of the largest colonies of these birds in the world. And in general, more than 250 different species of birds live here, which are looking not without interest at Vylkove — an unusual city on the water — from above.