He looked at me! (you wouldn’t think this is freediving in Sweden – so here’s a lot of photos)

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We are still euphoric.

Ok, I need to explain the relationship to seals. You can probably understand that freedivers have certain feelings for dolphins. Dolphins are awesome freedivers, they are cute, have monofins and look like they are smiling. I love dolphins, of course. But I love seals even more. (They have faces, for god’s sake! And beautiful eyes!) I also like dogs, and the seals are like underwater dogs. Countless times I’ve fallen in love when I met their dark big eyes across the surface while kayaking…

I have tried to explain it before (here in swedish), and I have freedived with seals in South africa and California. But somehow, when they are in the sea outside my door – it’s even more fantastic! I have always complained they are too shy. But this time it was different. And surprising. I had given up hope. My focus was the extreme freediving on the beautiful wreck Argo mayor. (It’s also a threat to the environment, but that’s another story). It was 1 1/2 knot of current and we were kept busy at the rough surface. It was hard. But we had a great boat to hang on to! (check the link for more info)

When we were exhausted enough we went into the shallows ot fhe rocks ”Grösslingarna”. It was ridiculously beautiful. Great viz, nice freedivers to take pictures of, minefields of burning jellyfish and interesting parts of the wreck lying around.

Then someone said they are just around the corner. Everyone knew who ”they” were. We snorkelled across the kelpy underwater forest. I looked up just as a big head popped out of the water in front of me. I think I stopped breathing. We just looked at each other. Then we met again underneath the surface. There’s something about looking into the innocent eyes of an animal and realizing he’s really looking at me. My heart was exploding in silence. Mutual curiosity is beautiful. Happiness was everywhere.

Here’ some photos from the last week of freediving in Sweden (seals in the end). Yes, it is really Sweden!
Big thanks to Öckerödorarna and eveyone involved for making this happen!

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3 Comments on “He looked at me! (you wouldn’t think this is freediving in Sweden – so here’s a lot of photos)

  1. Hej Anneli! Du är en stor inspirationskälla, till en början följde jag dig pga min stora nyfikenhet på bergsbestigning och längtan efter det. Men bloggen innehåller ju väldigt mycket om under vatten och dykning. Jag har alltid varit rädd för vatten, eller främst vad som kan tänkas finnas i det (och äta upp mig ha ha). Men medan månaderna har gått och jag läst mer av dina inlägg med häftiga bilder (som detta jag kommenterar på.. alltså WOW), så har intresset ökat. Jag är hundra procent rookie och kan inte mycket om fridykning eller dykning överlag, har dykt två gånger med tuber och då i Australien. Skulle vara väldigt kul om du kunde skriva ett nybörjar-kom-igång-tänk-på-detta-inlägg. Alltså lite konkret hur en som jag (finns säkert fler som jag som läser bloggen) kan börja med fridykning. Lite i stil med du behöver denna utrustning, detta är bra platser i sverige/norden och såhär tränar du andning och fysiskt och psykiskt i början. Lite tänka på. Upplever att du blir glad av att sprida inspiration och få människor att göra äventyr. Detta skulle iaf få ut mig i vattnet och känna på det hela.
    Åter igen, tack för att du är en stor inspiration och delar med dig.
    mvh Sofie

  2. …maybe wetsuit, swimsuit or freediving suit is more correct, but I hope the message got through either way? :)

  3. They look so calm and gracious in the water. Like freediving masters that could very well teach you the very secrets of freediving if you just earned their trust. I’m truly happy that you got this opportunity and pray and hope every day for your knee to recover to the very best condition. I love the photo where your blue strand of hair match your nails, your diving suite and fins, the ocean and the color of your eyes.

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