One of the great things about working in the field during the summer is that you get to see many interesting places that you wouldn’t generally get the chance to. At Töre harbour next to the yellow buoy marking the northern most point of the Baltic Sea (Photo by Linnea Bergdahl, County Administrative Board of … Continue reading Törefjärden
Large shallow inlets and bays is a Natura 2000 habitat that can be found all around the Baltic Sea. There are several large shallow bays in the SEAmBOTH area as well, for example the Liminganlahti Bay in Finland and Råneå Bay in Sweden. A very shallow coast in Halosenlahti Bay, Haukipudas, Finland. Photo by Ashley … Continue reading Large shallow bays
Stoneworts, or Charales in scientific terms, is an order of green algae that is commonly found in the northern Bothnian Bay. They may look like ordinary vascular plants with stems and branches but are in fact algae. They can be found in freshwater, such as lakes, ponds, and rivers, as well as in brackish waters … Continue reading Stoneworts of the northern Bothnian Bay
I have dived in six continents and about 1030 dives. One of the best ones ever was a dive I did in August 2014 when we first found the clay labyrinth from Simo with my colleagues from Metsähallitus. It was a late afternoon or early evening on an extremely beautiful summer day, calm and warm, … Continue reading Clay canyons
Kemi is an industrial town in northern Finland, right by the sea. The town was born in 1869 with a lot of wood processing industry. There were sawmills in the town, and later pulp mills. There are still a lot of logs underwater outside the town of Kemi, not least because Stora Enso lost a … Continue reading Kemi archipelago
Air versus water On land we are used to observing the landscape and the animals living there in high definition from even great distances. On a good day we can observe objects several kilometres away and from space the entire planet Earth is observed daily! As soon as we put our head under water that … Continue reading Mapping seafloor habitats
SEAmBOTH final seminar attracted about 70 people at Oulu University and about 20 people following the presentations online. Photo Essi Keskinen, Metsähallitus. The SEAmBOTH final seminar was held at the University of Oulu yesterday, February 20th 2020. Almost 70 people from both Finland and Sweden attended us on the spot, and we had a two … Continue reading Final seminar – done!
Expert work is often lonely - you read reports or scientific papers and write some of your own. Every now and then you get to attend a meeting, sometimes even face-to-face and not only through the Skype. In the field it’s different. We work as a team, and very often as pairs. You have your … Continue reading “Would you be my work-Valentine?” The importance of a friend in the field.
Imagine a dive where the bottom is not sand, mud or rock - it’s wood. And you’re not diving on a shipwreck either. On the north side of a small Kuusiluoto island outside Tornio city is a place like this. The bay opening to north is supposedly covered in sand, but in reality, it’s pieces … Continue reading Kuusiluoto sawmill island
When I think of “a habitat”, the first thing that comes to mind from underwater is the benthic substrate - is it sand, is it rock, is it mud? Because that pretty much determines, what can and cannot grow there, or borrow there, or attach there. With the pelagic habitat, it’s different. There is no … Continue reading Pelagic habitat