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August 20, 2016

The desert?



It’s our last day in the Vesterhavet area and today we’re 20 miles from the coast of Denmark. It’s a huge sandbank area here in which, even though we’re far from the coast, the depths are often only 10 metres deep.

When we snorkel in a sandbank, we always hope to find some sea rocks where species shelter and take refuge, like an oasis in the middle of a desert. During toda’s dive we didn’t find one single rock; it’s just sand and more sand!

Spotting a few molluscs and crabs in the sand livens things up when snorkeling in a sandbank and that is just the tip of the iceberg; underneath the sand lies the sheer dimensions of an abundant ecosystem.

A flat fish moves around to be ‘dressed’ in sand, a crab disappears covering itself with a spadesful of sand.

So far, this has been the dive that been able to record the most amount of material. Who would have thought…in the desert?




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