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!