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Spawning seatrout

I have been hunting the seatrout for a long time. Every time I had the time during late autumn, I have driven around searching for spawning trouts. Every time so far the water was either murky and filled with particles or the trouts were nowhere in sight. This year everything  was perfect. In the spawning season the trouts usually migrate after heavy rains, since Dansih rivers and streams have very low waterflow otherwise. The rain also wash out mud, silt and other particles, which means it is impossible to shoot under water. This year i did not rain for two weeks and the trout where already at the spawning sites, so the water was low and clear and the river full of fish. Rune Hyldby from a local sportsfisher club showed med al the good spots. He helps the fish by palcing gravel for spawning in the streams and each year he and other club members electrofish trouts to rear the eggs in at a fish farm and release the fry when they have grown big enough to survive in the stream. This helps the dimnished fish stocks in the rivers.

Here you see the trouts under water.  I am able to sneak up on them at nigh, so close I could have touched the fish. It is incredible to dive along side a 70 cm long trout in a low watered stream.

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Alpine newt – Triturus alpestris

In April I had the honor of meeting one of the most rare amphibians and I would venture to say that it must be the first time that anyone has taken photos under water of alpine newt in Denmark in its natural environment. Alpine newt is found only in southern Jutland around Aabenraa and only in ponds that do not get too hot in the summer. Alpine newt live in cold forest ponds and requires shade at the water hole, otherwise it may die of heat stroke. We were round to 7 different ponds in order to obtain the bare roughly term in the water. All the ponds were teeming with salamanders. The newts stayed on the bottom in the deepest part of the pond where the water was coldest.

Alpine newt is the most beautiful of our newt with its blue patterns, screaming orange belly and leopard spotted side. Unfortunately, the brown forest lake water make the colors disappear little, so a single male was captured for pictures in a photo aquarium and set out again. A fascinating encounter when you’ve been searching all day. April is the time when the mountain salamander mating and this is where it is easiest to find in the pond.

Thanks to Allan Høxbroe for the above water photos showing how to work in a small pond and thanks to Uffe Mikkelsen, who showed us around in the forests south of Aabenraa.

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Night Dive

Had a great night dive on the north coast of Zealand. No wind and quite clear water. We saw a lot of flatfish among those turbot, flounder and Brill, here and there herring was darting around, hitting me and the camera. Trouble with the strobes meant I only hade the focus and searchlight for lightning up the object, but it looks great I think. Amazingly we also found a Five-bearded rockling in very shallow water and bare sand: I have only seen these on rocky bottom before. And then there was millions of Mysis.

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Best nature photos of 2015

Happy New Year!

2015 gave a lot of exciting experiences and trips to new locations. Here is a gallery showing my best photos.

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Restocking

The cod finally got to big for the aquarium – mostly because it eats more than the filters can handle. The two sculpins where put back into the ocean.

Instead I caught a lumpsucker, shrimps and thousands of mysis to feed the shark babies. I now have three newly hatched sharks and a small Greater weever.

Below are pictures form my collection trip when I caught the Greater weever and msyis caught during a night dive. Mysis gets attracted to the light form the dive torch and are easy to scoop up with fine-mesh net in front of the light.

Flatfish front onGreater weeverthe one-eyed-turbotJellyfishSaithe caught in a netGreater weeverCommon shore crab feasting on a dead sculpinCod and sculpins going back to the oceanGreater weever and shark side-by-sideMysis aka. cloud of food
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UW photo Norway – Wide angle

During our vacation we took a roadtrip north to Sveggvika south of Kristianssund from Bergen, on the way we visited Florø Rorbu. Both places where incredible. We lived in hotel rooms with free view to ocean and mountains. Att Sveggvika you even had White-tailed Eagle on the terasse.

Here are some photos of the underwater landscape with large kelp forest, wrecks and thousands of saithe (Pollachius virens).

Plumose anemone on a anchor chain

 

 

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UW photo Norway

My easter holiday was spent in Norway, and we were reallye lucky with the weather, so while my girlfriend sat on the rocks and knitted sweaters I went freediving.

It is a bit weird to go diving , when all others you meet are going skiing and and you are driving through snow-clad mountains on the way.

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Norway mountain road between Bergen and Aalesund.

But when you are greeted by this view when you drive out from Bergen to the islands east of the city you hurry in to the water.

Panorama Turøy Norway

Panorama Turøy Norway

The tidepools are teeming with life, especially filterfeeders, snails, anemones, nudibranchs and billions of zooplanktonic copepods and jellyfish. Between the islands there are a constant current of water bringing food and later in the summer I have seen schools of herring feeding in the sound.

Beadlet anemone

Beadlet anemone sheltering in a crevice in the cliffs

Nudibranchs with eggs

Nudibranchs with eggs

 dahlia anemones

Dahlia anemones at the foot of the cliffs

Limpets

Limpets feeding on algae on the cliffs

Jellyfish and copepod

Jellyfish and copepod

Topsnail and blue rayed limpet

Topsnail and blue rayed limpet feeding on algae and kelp.

 

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Collection trip – Swedish west coast

The cold does not prevent the collection of new creatures for the tank. The first free dive this year was a good opportunity to collect sugar kelp, snails, spider crabs  and hermit crabs for the tank. My dive buddy was lucky enough to catch a Fivebeard rockling. The trip went to Hamburgsund on the swedish west coast. The sandy bays and rock shores are fantastic dive sites and during night the rocks are crawling with crustaceans. In the shallows you meet flatfish and seatrout. Unfortunately I had some technical issues with the underwater camera, so I did not get as many photos as I hoped, but here are some of them.

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Hermit crabs

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Plumose anemone (Metridium senile)

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Hermit crab with a shell covered in small polyps, probably Hydractinea echinata

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Calcareous algaes, Irish Moss (Chondrus crispus) and breadcrumb sponge (Halichondria panicea)

 

Great spider crab (Hyas araneus)

Great spider crab (Hyas araneus)

On a more depressing note, the trip really showed how we are slowly  destroying the ocean with plastics. The winter storms has carried tonnes of waste to the beaches.

Plastic sea

 

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