Nudibranch story on Divernet

Danish underwater photographer Morten Bjørn Larsen attended the Nudibranch Safari 2012, and wrote a great story which was published in Diver Magazine in the UK in January. Now it's available online!



Posted on Aug 19, 2013

- Doing my safety stop under the jetty, I’m grinning so broadly that I’m almost losing my regulator. In just a few dives I’ve seen and photographed more nudibranch species than I’d ever hoped for, says Morten Bjørn Larsen.

How’s this for an off-the-wall quick-break idea – Norway’s annual Nudibranch Safari!

The fresh, Norwegian air and the mountains rising towards the sky gave me a great feeling of tranquillity. We certainly don’t have anything like this back home in Denmark, where I come from.

But I wasn’t here only to admire the mountains, I had come to dive in the clear waters off Norway’s west coast. I had travelled to Gulen Dive Resort two hours north of Bergen to take part in an exciting workshop, one of a very few of its kind.

The rare Berghia norvegica nudibranch, which you can read more about in Morten Bjørn Larsen's excellent story about the Nudibranch Safari recently published on Divernet.

The Nudibranch Safari takes place at the end of March, which is generally the best time to spot the small, colourful molluscs in Norwegian waters.

Gulen is not new territory for me, and I had looked forward to coming back, but the focus would be quite different this time.

Arriving on the Wednesday night, I could hardly wait to enter the water. Luckily, the house reef was just a few short steps from the dive-shop, and after preparing my camera and dive gear the wintery water was soon closing in over my head.

With me in the water was Nudibranch Safari host Christian Skauge. What better company, I thought. He knows the house reef like the back of his hand, and knows where the rarest and strangest nudibranchs can be found.

» Please click here to continue reading at Divernet.com

The Nudibranch Safari is a great workshop for anyone interested in nudibranchs. Here, experts Torkild Bakken and Bernard Picton are studying some of the collected specimens.

The Nudibranch Safari is held in March every year at Gulen Dive Resort just north of Bergen at the Norwegian west coast.

The house reef is teeming with nudibranchs this time of the year, and marine biologists, underwater photographers and top experts are meeting up for several days of nudibranch fun.

» Click here to read more about the Nudibranch Safari



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