Recently I was asked to identify my best dive of 2012. This time it was easy. The seal encounter during my trip to Väderöarna on the Swedish west coast. It was amazing!
Towards the end of a dive at “Trolleskär” my buddies saw the seal of which I, the only one of us carrying a camera, only caught a glimpse of. Camera was off of course…
Hoping that the seal would return I turned on the camera and we lingered in the same spot for a few minutes. Finally we gave up and continued the dive.
However, at the safety stop, one of my buddies is deploying his SMB, with me filming for future reference and feed back, luck strikes for real!!
The very curious seal returned and circled us, nibbling at our fins. What an experience! Although only a couple of seconds on film, it felt much longer in real time. Definitely the best dive of 2012 and a great reminder of the adventures that can be found below the surface!
For several days I have been thinking of cave diving. Strange maybe, since I know that it’s something that I, most likely, will never do. I don’t like the idea of diving with a “roof” over my head, and not being able to surface directly. Ice diving being the only exception. At least to me. “Regular” decompression diving is bad enough, but diving in a cave or a mine!? Nah, I don’t think so.
Despite my brain’s inability to deal with the idea, I am absolutely fascinated with cave diving, and the people who do it. And I really admire their psyche.
The film “Into the Darkness”, by Marcus Taylor of Real Adventure Film, follows British cave divers Rick Stanton and John Volanthen on expeditions to Cogol die Veci in 2004 & 2005, and gives you an insight into their personalities. Enjoy!