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April 18, 2011

Stockholm archipelago

BY: Hanna Paulomäki


© OCEANA / Carlos Minguell


The weather has been excellent during the last days, which made it possible to do several dives and ROV video operations in the outer Stockholm archipelago. The variations in the depths in the archipelago gave a great opportunity to film the benthic organisms at different depths from 100 meters to 8 meters. We saw flatfishes, butterfishes, scorpion fishes and lots of mussels secured to stones. The male scorpion fish were protecting the fertilized white eggs and we also filmed the jellyfish dancing gracefully in the water at 90 meters depth.

Sunday we did a stopover in Stockholm for replacement of member of the team. The four hours sailing in to Stockholm through the archipelago was stunning, so our videographer and photographer were busy recording the scenario on the way in. There was an interesting bird life, and we saw the characteristic razorbills, mute swans and eiders. Monday evening we left Stockholm and sailed north towards the Bothnian Sea.