For one week at the end of September, I was invited by some friends from Germany to join them for a dive trip to Flekkefjord in Norway. We stayed in the local diving club facilities, directly at the water front.
The conditions were really good. We had access to both compressor and their Hardrib 700 boat.
I had 17 good dives, mainly in the fjords around Flekkefjord, but also a day trip to the Lysefjord by Stavanger, there was time for. The weather was good, visibility was good and the temperature was between 16 degrees in the upper layers and down to 9 degrees at depth (+40 mtr).
Great trip, filled with good experiences.
Just click at the picture if you to see more underwater pics.
Over the weekend 21 - 23 February we were a bunch of dedicated macro photographers and nudi nerds who met in Middelfart by the Little Belt and accommodated us at Hindsgavl campground. The purpose was a kompination of taking a lot of photos of Nudibranches and being together for a common interest. In addition to looking nudi photos on the big screen, a few of the guys also showed shark movies from South Africa and images and movies with killer whales and humpback whales from the north of Norway.
A selection of my photos from the weekend can be found HERE!
To participate in a photo contest in which the subject is nudibranch 's in different categories , I went out to dive with my camera. The competition started on 1 February, and I was out in hopes of getting a good start.
Due to weather conditions , I had to opt out of my first choice for a good place to start, because the current in the belt was very strong and my dive buddies reported poor visibility .
I chose a shallow dive at a place right across from our dive club where I did not expect quite as much current.
After about forty minutes the dive is about to end , and I move up to the five-meter zone to keep my safety stop. On my way up I spotted something that could be interresting , a small white spot inside a bush of Tubularia larynx. Since the size was less than five millimeters I had to take a picture and enlarge it on the camera to see it was a nudibranch . I could also see that it was not like others I saw in the area.
Home on the computer's larger screen , I could see that this was not one I had seen before.
After a lot of detective work on the Internet's different slugs pages and various forums I found out that the species was Cuthona gymnota.
From what I found out, it was not seen in inner Danish waters before. Last records were from the sixties, from the Faroe Islands and Iceland.
So full of joy I could on the contest first day submit a new species to the side which hosted the competition.