Atlantic Morning Smile

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Tenerife, Canary Islands April 2018

Again today she smiled at me. For each date we have she does so very differently, but always with her unique, noble grace.




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The early morning rapidly changes when her warming touch provides both ocean, sky and mountains with increasing colours and awe-inspiring light. Each time in yet another distinctive way.








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I am back to the fresh, blue water and vast horizons that I admire so much, to the Ocean I will be spending most of my time the upcoming months. I am back to the amazing Atlantic.






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For some few weeks, I am spending some exploration time on Tenerife, a special island with great variety, surrounded by the salty blue and an ever impressive marine life in various sizes and shapes.







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From the big amounts of cetaceans navigating the waters off the island, to the much smaller coastal and shore based life.

When, from a distance, observing a bigger group of playful bottlenose dolphins, I suddenly feel it is not only me observing, but that I am being observed too. And so the beautiful, blue coloured lizard gets my attention where he is watching me from his sand coloured stone.

Also underwater, the theme is beautiful and blue as the first creature I get to encounter is a flying gunard, a bottom-dwelling fish that normally walks on six legs. When this fish wants to get speed it glides over the sandy bottom with help of its colourful, fan-like pectoral fins.





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Such brief yet sweet encounters compliment the daily life. Every moment is filled with so many details of various kind, all of them contributing to make this day special in its own exclusive way.

While our most recent film "Winter Whales of Norway" is ready for TV-premiere and filmfestivals, we are just about to start up a new film project including the Atlantic and the interesting life of dolphins.

Meanwhile new Ocean adventures await, I am continuing appreciating the many daily details surrounding us. Look up on the big picture, sneak down on the tiny life, watch the horizon, observe the changing light throughout the day... Admire, get amazed :-)







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The following morning, she once more smiles at me with her captivating dignity and charm... and I smile back, feeling her playful beams slowly heating up both stones and water.

While my eyes reflects her increasing light, I feel very thankful for yet another unique and valuable day of my life that now is about to rise!











Teaser for our new film

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Our new movie "Winter Whales of Norway" is ready for its first official screenings. In this film we bring you along on a 1300nm sailing trip, from the Swedish west coast island Orust to the cold and dark Arctic winter in Northern Norway.
A voyage filled with memories and new experiences!

Below is a short teaser, with footage and music from the film. Music composed by Soundology.

The entire film has a duration of 59 minutes and is a cooperation with Swedish National Television (SVT).  ©2018



TV-premiere on SVT1 the 15th of August at 8PM (EET) 



Winter meets Spring in Sweden

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Orust, West Coast of Sweden, 2 April 2018

In the same time as the sun of spring is getting stronger and days are getting much longer, the winter beauty still remains.





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I´m at the Swedish west coast, having a little break between travels, a break spent on editing and to get necessary office work done. Even though I´m an outdoor person who prefers to be active most of the time, I still can enjoy spending some early mornings in front of a desk, from where I appreciate the great silence, while seeing the dayrise colours increase, in the time I get things done to soon be free again.

A "check" on the day´s office work goal gives me the afternoon free to appreciate the ever changing beauty nature is surrounding with me. Every day´s beauty deserves to be appreciated, even if brief!




Lucky me even get to do some paddle boarding on the frozen fjord!




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Thanks to a couple of workboats, a channel has been maintained in the otherwise frozen bay. After some windy days, when most of the ice floe had been drifting away, I so get the opportunity to finally get back on the board, paddling the somewhat ice free channel to open water.





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Drysuit on and on the water I am! Premiere for 2018 of an activity I have missed so much the past 6 months :-)




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A cozy Easter is spent with the family, before I make another jump.

The frozen beauty is most likely the last I see for the next few months ahead. Travels and new projects are rising above the horizon. Also our new film is ready for screening. More about this in upcoming posts!




Corals Of The Dark Depths

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Crystal clear, warm waters are normally what we imagine when thinking about coral reefs. This is as corals normally require sunlight and therefore commonly grow in the clear, shallow waters of tropical and sub-tropical seas. But corals are not only warm-water creatures...

Below is the most recent post I wrote for the PADI blog on the fascinating beauty found in our cold and dark waters. The trailer and sequence that follow are from our film "Coral Gardens of Scandinavia".

Take some few minutes to watch and read, and we´ll be taking you on a journey to the spellbinding depths of Scandinavian waters :-)






Playing Bambi On Ice In Canada ;-)

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Montreal, Canada Feb/March 2018

Not many recent updates on my blog nor social media means that I am escaping the world of media and timetables, to find myself surrounded by the soothing and essential silence of nature.




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After the previous weeks surrounded by the mountainous fjords of Northern Norway, my southbound travel have been taking me to more winter and frozen H2O.




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The snow filled forests and white covered lakes in the province of Quebec in Eastern Canada again make a nice playground for us!








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This time, I also get to try the kite on the frozen lake, although the very low- and unstable wind, in combination of a hard and crispy snow surface, make me feel more like "Bambi on ice" than anything else ;-)

Being a Bambi or not, I´m always grateful for each moment spent where beauty is found everywhere...

... out in Nature that is!







Bye Winter Fjords, for this time...

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Tromsø, Northern Norway 10/2-2018

This season’s winter whale guiding for Waterproof Expeditions has just found an end. With 4 weeks in November and 5 weeks in January and February, we have again spent plenty time out in field, in the fjords of Northern Norway, to search for the giants this winter.

It has been interesting to once more follow and observe the appearance of orcas and humpbacks and the change of their migration patterns.




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This winter whale season showed up to be even shorter than last year. Already during the first weeks of January, we could see how the numbers of whales inside the fjords rapidly decreased for each week that passed by...

Video below by Scott Portelli, who joined our trip 7-13 January.





The big amount of feeding whales inside the sheltered fjords are now long gone. Thats is why we have spent the last couple of weeks in the area around Andoya and Andenes, which is a good spot for whale watching all year round. A very weather dependent place it is though, as it is exposed to both wind and swell from many directions.




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The previous week, (29/1-3/2) we were very lucky with the weather conditions, making it possible for us to search for and spot 6 different cetacean species outside Andenes. Sperm whales, humpbacks, fin whale, common dolphins, pilot whales and orcas made a great week for picturesque top side observations!




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The last week for the season (4-10/2) showed up to be much more windy and with a big swell, making whale searching more difficult. We got a couple of days with weather calm enough for whale searching further out at sea. This gave us beautiful topside encounters with the big sperm whale bulls, a big pod of feeding pilot whales, a group of traveling fin whales and playful humpbacks. When the conditions were too rough at sea, we instead explored some of the many fascinating fjords in the area, including a visit to the alluring Trollfjord.




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Again, the Polar Plunge became a refreshing and popular activity ;-)
Trollfjord & Polar Plunge video by Volker Suckau:





Tired but in high spirits from many weeks of intense whale searching in cold weather and rolling sea, I am  now off towards new adventures.

So happy I am for the many amazing people and new friends I have met and all the beautiful memories we have been creating together during this winter season in Northern Norway!



Above the famous drysuit dance to keep warm and smiling ;-)
Video by Sindre Frahm Jensen

A special thank you to the wonderful crew and amazing co-guides for total 9 weeks of great, hardworking and smiling teamwork onboard our cozy, floating home M/S Malmö :-) Thank you all so much for being you, I’m already eagerly looking forward to more adventures together!








Twilight, Storm & Winter Whales

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Tromsø, Northern Norway, 27/1- 2018

Since January 6, I've been in Northern Norway to continue this season's winter whale guiding for Waterproof Expeditions




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Like our previous four winter whale trips in November, we use M/S Malmö as our comfortable home and mobile whale searching base during the 6 days x 5 liveaboard trips. Now, in January and February,
I´m here for total five weeks, guiding together with my brilliant co-guide Eirik Grønningsæter and the awesome crew onboard the ship.





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With approximately three hours of twilight bright enough for searching and finding the whales, the first trip possibly added an unexpected Arctic experience for the guests, who seemed quite impressed by the very long nights and short twilight days...






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Even though the amount of whales already showed up to have been decreasing compared to November, we found good numbers of both orcas and humpback whales inside the fjords and got many charming and curious encounters with the animals, both above and underwater.





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Arctic winter can get rough and stormy here in Norway, which is what our second group got to experience. Despite the cold, turbulent weather, with rough sea conditions and over 50 knots of wind also inside the fjord, we went out searching for the whales every day...







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Thanks to the hard working crew, great team work, and our very patient and enthusiastic guests, the challenging conditions didn’t prevent us to find and observe the majestic giants every single day. This resulted in many really good topside observations :-)




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On the last day of trip 2, the conditions finally were calm enough to safely be able to load the zodiacs to get some beautiful and very appreciated underwater encounters with the adorable cetaceans.





On day two during trip 3, we finally got dreamlike conditions with flat sea and no wind. As the whale sightings inside the fjords now were very few and rare, we therefore took advantage of this perfect day, searching for the whales further out at sea instead.



After three hours of intense search, we finally spotted a big group of feeding orcas. With the great number of orcas feeding on a slow moving baitball, surrounded by a huge amount of seabirds, and with the grandiose winter landscape and an amazingly colourful sky as background, the entire setup was like taken from a fairy tale!




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Our lucky snorkelers got to experience this very special moment also underwater, where they observed the co-operation between the orcas when carousel feeding on the herring.

Also very small baby orcas, probably only some few days old, were seen in the group. A magic afternoon this truly was!




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After this perfect day, the weather deteriorated again and we had to continue the search inside the more sheltered fjords.

It seems, however, that the winter whale season have found an end as both the orcas and humpback whales have continued their migration further out at sea, leaving only some very few animals left in the area.




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The video below is from the magic afternoon we got to experience with the feeding orcas in outer Sørøysund/Lopphavet some few days ago.

With two weeks and two more trips left, I am now (like always) looking forward to soon get out at sea again to continue the search for the creatures we adore so much. Fingers crossed!!



More updates from our time here in Northern Norway on my Facebook:  Birgitta Mueck

For further information about Waterproof Expeditions´ various trips and destinations, visit: www.waterproof-expeditions.com