Today, we started the day knowing that the weather conditions would neither let us navigate nor work at our designated sites along the way. It was best to stay on land, due to the strong wind and the state of the sea. While the ROV team took advantage of the opportunity to fix problems that had occurred in previous days, the underwater photographer and I spent the day catching up on the images we have documented during the week.
Our documentation work is focusing on the shallow waters of the narrow channel between Copenhagen and the beautiful Swedish localities of Mölle and Mälmo. Contrary to the poor biodiversity of the sea bottom in the northern Baltic Sea, these waters are markedly influenced by the Atlantic, allowing a greater species richness that becomes more visible the closer we get to the North Sea.
Assisted by experienced local guides, we try to make the most of the time each day for documenting marine ecosystems and the species that inhabit them. Characterised by changing currents, these cold, green waters are home to well-known commercial species like cod and herring, unusual animals like the lion’s mane jellyfish, and countless aquatic birds that choose to spend part of their lives in this area.
It seems that tomorrow the weather will give us a break, so we can continue documenting, revealing, and protecting one of the most damaged seas of our magnificent and beautiful planet.