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Tales of a lion's mane

mandag 29. juli 2019
af Martin Georgiev

As Christina mentioned our day techincally started with our night catching session lasted until around 3am! Despite not catching anything it was good practice for setting up nets in the night. Especially with the constantly moving tides and wet sand, furthermore nothing bonds people more than spending a cold windy night outside. The next day started late after some well deserved sleep. Shortly after our second video of the series "Meet the (insert locally breeding bird here)'': the house martin (Delichon urbicum), feel free to check it out here https://www.facebook.com/Skagenfuglestation/videos/2475119985867126/ :)

After that upon thorough inspection of our fridge we noticed we were running painfully low on supplies and Simon kindly offered to take us shopping with his car so we didn't have to cycle everything back (ice cream tends to not survive the trip for one reason or another :D).

With expectations for strong winds and rain in the coming days we decided to make the most of the weather with a few rounds of beach volleyball. We were joined by one of Simon's childhood friends - Marvin - who visited us for the day. The game was tense and filled with outstanding sportsmanship and the contest was close and every set ended on a cliff hanger.

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After three sets it was already dusk and we were more than ready for a swim. The water was cool but not cold, and there was not a wave to be seen until the horizon, simply stunningc conditions for a swim. It honestly felt like an endless swimming pool which I ended up having all to myself for about half an hour. Just as I was heading back to shore I realised I was not on my own in this endless pool as I bumped into a jellyfish. In the waters around Skagen the two most common species are the stinging lion's mane (Cyanea capillata) and the harmless common jellyfish (Aurelia aurita). For my disappointment I happened to cross paths with a lion's mane. It was not the most pleasant experience out there however the swim was definitely worth it. After a vinegar shower I was right as rain. After a check of the equipment required for tomorrow's ringing session at Ellekrattet we called it a night


People: Simon S Christiansen, Martin Y. Georgiev, Christina Ninou, Anders Odd Wulff Nielsen, Marvin.