The Dragon Is In The Detail

I used to to take great delight in finding a leafy seadragon for other divers, then watching, waiting and counting how long it took them to separate creature from its environment. Here in the sea grass you would think that they would be easy to spot compared to the yellow or brown algae. Actually I […]

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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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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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Beauty in the Gloom

The classic orca images we see in posters of large dorsal finned animals cruising in pods through misty fjords are almost a clichéd view of the majesty of the orca. They are however just a surface glimpse, the tip of the orca, of their amazing lives below the surface. Here in Skjervøy in November there […]

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Breakfast Gatecrashers

Out before sunrise we headed east then south from Skjervøy in search of orca and hopefully to observe their hunting prowess on the migrating herring. The orca hunt herring by corralling them into a tighter and tighter swimming mass until the herring school forms a dense ball that the orca force to the surface. At […]

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