Let’s talk a bit about where this story takes place. In the northwestern sector of Russia, there is a freshwater lake called Lake Vygozero. The lake is so cold that it has a temperature that can sometimes go all the way down to -20 Celsius, which is about -4 Fahrenheit. It goes without saying that these temperatures are way too cold for any human to go swimming, so keep that fact in mind as we delve into this riveting tale. The lake is also extremely large, and is not only a huge danger for fishermen, but also for wildlife animals such as bears – and very soon, you’ll see proof of this fact.