Shark diving in Norway

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Bergen, Norway 23/9-2016

On our way north, we stop at different places along the Norwegian coast to dive and film. Some places are new to us, while others are areas we have been to before with great dive spots we now like to explore further...





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Below are some screen shots from our most recent dives. And yes, if I ever powder my nose, this most likey only happens before visiting my fishy friends... ;-)






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Our last dives has been drop off dives at a 300 meter deep wall. A wall filled with different kinds of anemones. A beautiful dive site in itself, the main reason for our diving here however is to find and film sharks.





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The deeper we go, the darker it gets and at 40 meters, we hardly see any light from above.

In the dark, 13°C cold surrounding, we suddenly curious eyes reflecting the light from our film lamps...





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It is the eyes of Spiny dogfishes, the shark we are looking for! This kind of shark is normally getting a bit longer than one meter.

A species that once was one of the most abundant, but due to overfishing it has decreased by at least 95%  in European waters during the last two decades.




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When it´s time for us to get back to shallower waters again, we happily get more shark company. They seem to be a bit curious about us and follow along for a while :-)




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So far, we haven´t seen as much sharks in the area as we experienced last time, when diving here 7 years ago. The reason for this may be many... Our fingers are still crossed for another dive with hopefully more sharks tomorrow!









Southern Norway

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Skudeneshavn, Southern Norway 15/9-16

It almost feels like we have had four seasons during our last week of sailing. A week which has been taking us from the west coast of Sweden to the south-western part of Norway.




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A couple of nights has been spent in different locations at the very southern part of Norway. A feeling of remoteness even though the civilization isn´t very far away...





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From grey, cold and rainy days, to blue skies and warmer winds :-)








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After a stop in Tananger, we are now in Skudeneshavn on Karm√ły island, at the south-western part of Norway. As this cozy harbour offers free wifi, I´m now able to update my blog a bit :-)



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It is actually here, in Skudeneshavn and Syre, were I encountered my very first dolphin 21 years ago. I was then 11 years old and my meeting with the 4 meter long friendly bottlenose dolphin "Flipper" made a big impression on the little girl I then was.  Even not the 4°C cold water could stop me to spend four hours with my new friend!

Even though "Flipper" is gone already long time ago, it feels great to be back in the area which is filled with such wonderful memories.





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Our voayge north continues already early morning tomorrow, and we will most likely be in the area of Bergen in a couple of days.




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With the current 25°C in the air it truly feels like summer has returned, great conditions for our upcoming time at sea!
 





Welcome onboard Eja!

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West Coast of Sweden , 7/9-2016

On our way north, but before leaving Swedish waters, I´d like to introduce you to our sailing boat "Eja af Slussen" :-)




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Eja is a Corsair 450, a 45 foot (almost 14 meters) fiberglass sailing boat, which we fully have dedicated for our film- and dive expeditions.




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The boat has three double cabins, one in front and two in the aft. Here is my comfi little aft cave  ;-)




The saloon...





We have had Eja for 15 years now, and have so far, been sailing over
40 000 nautical miles (approx 75 000 km) with her.




Now, its continues with yet another expedition, and we are on our way north to northern Norway, where we later hope to meet our old gigantic friends. Before reaching the whales and fjords of Troms, we have a long distance filled with adventures waiting for us.

More on the blog when having better internet connection again! :-)