2007-05-20. Hällebäck, Gullmarsfjorden. [SWE]. To me, this picture visualize my best dive(so far) in 2007. It’s my second dive for the day. The first dive was down to 41 m, and a total of 47 minutes with a minimum temp at max depth of +9°C. Not very much to call back home for.
Two hours later and after a late lunch in the warmth of my car, I enter for my second solo-dive this day(Thank’s for not commenting on that issue here!). Down to almost 32 m but this time the viz was beyond belief(if your not a Swedish diver) below 30 m so I lost interest and moved up. At 14 m I looked up at the surface and saw the waves as well as the sun!
It turned out that the halocline was at 20 m and that’s where the bad viz started or, ended, depending on the way you were heading. I now moved very slowly towards the surface, looking around in the water column around me and focusing approx 50 cm – 1 meter in front off me...
Lots of marine plankton moving around!
Tiny jellyfish, hydromedusas, siphonophores, crustaceans and, well, you name it!
There was a current moving extremely slowly out of the fjord. But it was no problem to stay in more or less one place for almost over 50 minutes from now on! And definitely no problem at all having one eye at the more than well known bottom topography below and one eye for the bl…err…green, when I finally stopped out in the green at depth of approx 10 - 12 m, just amazed by the marine life floating by!!!
The maximum temperature was + 11° C on this dive and a total of 72 minutes in the water means… well, what you drink between dives has to come out sooner or later… so at some time I was FORCED to abort the dive ;) but just before that I took this pic of an a tiny Cyanea capillata towards the surface… depth: 10 m. The black dots you see in the pic is not detritus nor sediment or something else - it’s life floating by, at slow speed…
It's on occassions like these when solo-diving REALLY sucks, by the way!
Plancton diving i highly recommended!