Face 2 Face

Just imagine being two inches tall, opening your eyes, turning on your torch and coming face to face with … Assuming you are still with me you’d quickly become entranced by those amazing blue-green opalesque eyes and what at first seemed ugly becomes beautiful. You can spot a gurnard perch from quite a distance at […]

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Of Dogs and Hermit Crabs

What do dogs and hermit crabs have in common? I wonder what kind of answers I’d get if I strolled down a typical busy shopping mall and asked random passers-by this question? Well to start with, dogs and hermit crabs have two eyes. Perhaps you could even draw some tenuous connection between kennels and shells. […]

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A Flash of Whiteness

Peering down into the inky, who knows how deep, black water beneath me I was beginning to question the merit of floating out here in a Norwegian fjord well after sunset. Still it’s warmer here in the water than in the icy wind above me. Then suddenly a flash of whiteness snaps me out of […]

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Lazy Days Before The Storm

It seems almost idyllic here with the orca in the waters off Skjervøy. The weather has been kind to us but that will not last for much longer. The mountains which create the deep fjords provide protection from the winds by limiting their fetch and keeping the seas calm. Still there are limits and a […]

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Beauty Below Me

Most times we entered the water with these beautiful animals they would simply dive down leaving us with a just tantalising glimpse as they disappeared into the depths. Even when they stayed close to us for a while out of curiosity the low light and the poor visibility meant that our human eyes were much […]

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