Field stories: windy June

This year Metsähallitus started the field work on the Finnish side from Oulu and are moving northwards every week or every second week. At the moment, we are working in Simo and Kuivaniemi area, and next week we move to Tornio.

Pond Water-crowfoot (Ranunculus peltatus), photo by Suvi Saarnio, Metsähallitus.

Sea water has been unusually warm since the beginning of June, about 10-16 degrees Celsius on every dive (compared to the usual less than 10 degrees). Divers are happy about this! Photo by Suvi Saarnio, Metsähallitus.

It seems to be a rule, that June is always windy. And this year is not different.. We can only do wading points if the wind is more than 6 m/s, and it has been like that almost every day. So, we have been doing wading points, every day. It’s not a problem to SEAmBOTH project, because we are interested in the shallow areas. But for us, the field workers, it would be nice to do more dives and take some drop videos for a change 🙂

This Summer we had to buy a new rubber boat, because our old boat Bella retired at the end of last field season, after serving us for about six years in all the different weather conditions and in all the shallow muddy and rocky places we could find. But now we have a new boat called Halli (the name comes from the Finnish name for the grey seal), and it has an electric engine. It is amazing to work with the silent engine, but we do hope that the engine would take us to places a bit faster..

Our new boat Halli, photo by Sjef Heijnen

We put our hope to July, and are really waiting for the windless and sunny days at the sea 🙂

One beautiful, sunny day in June with no wind. Photo by Teemu Uutela, Metsähallitus.
Windy and rainy day.. Photo by Eveliina Lampinen, Metsähallitus.
Nature surveyor having a break. Photo by Eveliina Lampinen, Metsähallitus.
Beautiful rocky shore in Kuivaniemi. Photo by Suvi Saarnio, Metsähallitus.
View from under the surface. Photo by Suvi Saarnio, Metsähallitus.

Written by Suvi Saarnio, Metsähallitus

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