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Water soldier, Stratiotes aloides

Water soldier, or water pineapple, is a weird relict species of aquatic plant in Finland and in Sweden. The English name is easy to understand from the appearance of the species. It looks like a pineapple, and its leaves are sharply serrated like soldiers’ swords. Photo by Manuel Deinhardt, Metsähallitus. It was left here in … Continue reading Water soldier, Stratiotes aloides

One Bothnian Bay, and a sea of laws regulating it…

The today's and future status of the northern Bothnian Bay is to a large extent decided by the laws regulating activities in and around it and the regulations stating what quality of environment we want and don't want. The sea is the same but the legal framework looks different in Sweden and Finland. One thing … Continue reading One Bothnian Bay, and a sea of laws regulating it…

Empowering the stakeholders

What do you get when you give paints, sticks and canvases to a bunch of SEAmBOTH stakeholders and tell them to drip, drop, slam, splatter and splurge us a better and a healthier Bothnian Bay? You get a triptyck of three individual, yet still connected paintings with beautifully balanced colors and patterns, that look like … Continue reading Empowering the stakeholders

Fresh water species in the Bothnian Bay

Some species of vascular plants and other macrophytes (the plants, water mosses and algae that we can see) are adapted to marine water. This means, that the lower salinity level will limit their distribution. They also have a maximum salinity level where the environmental stress from the salty water will get too high and they … Continue reading Fresh water species in the Bothnian Bay

People behind the scenes: marine biologist Petra Pohjola

Hi, I’m Petra. I’m an adventurer and nature lover. I’m also a Finnish marine biologist working in Sweden. How did I end up in Sweden? We can start with where I came from. 8 years I worked for Metsähallitus, most of that time in the eastern Gulf of Finland. I was a field worker and … Continue reading People behind the scenes: marine biologist Petra Pohjola

Pygmy waterweed, Crassula aquatica

Pygmy waterweed is true to its name: it’s tiny. It is a teeny weeny annual succulent semiaquatic or aquatic plant that only grows to about 1-5 cm tall. You can find this small and inconspicuous vascular plant from the water’s edge at ponds, lakes, rivers and also brackish water seas like the Bothnian Bay. Its … Continue reading Pygmy waterweed, Crassula aquatica