Today we start off our scientific expedition is the narrowest strait of the Gulf of Bothnia. Located in between Sweden and Finland and known as the “Quark”, this unique enclave is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage for its geological features.
We have around 20 days aboard the Sea Dream, navigating between the 5,000 islets that make up the archipelago and diving into cold waters where eutrophication is a common problem. This area of the Baltic Sea is home to species like salmon, mussels and marine mammals like the gray seal and the ringed seal.
On board, 11 eager crewmembers are ready to start their work of researching and documenting an ecosystem that needs to be protected.