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Kicked in the face fish…

I really love to dive, I love the sea, lakes and all the fish and other life within. When I talk about diving what I really wish I could is to take you inside of my head and show you the images from my previous dives that pops up in my head. The colour, the texture, the feel and the sound, it is truly amazing.

But I have one problem I am really rubbish at identifying fish, jupp even rubbish at describing them. Below is pictures from my diving in Kenya this year;

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Me telling Charlie… ““It was big grey with a longtail and looked like it got kicked in the face””

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Yes that is a fish, can’t you see it is obvious which kind of fish it is….well actually no I can’t draw to save my life, look to where the arrow points…honestly it is pointing at my drawing of a fish.

Nobody understood me describing the fish and nobody could decipher my drawing. Luckily I stumbled over a picture of the fish I saw, although no completely happy with the coloring on that picture. But I do think my painting and description was spot on 🙂

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But what is the name of this fish??? It is definitely som kind of Boxfish and my closest guess is Bluetail trunkfish but I am not completely happy with that as other fishbooks have had similar pictures of the fish I’m thinking of and calling it Humpback Turretfish etc, etc.

Do you know the name? If so tell me…now.

In swedish
Jag älskar att dyka och önskar att alla jag berättar för ser det jag berättar med mina ögon.
Men ett problem är att känna igen allt man ser så man måste lägga det på minne och sedan beskriva det när man är på fast mark igen. Inte alltid dykinstruktörerna förstår vad man menar, inte ens om man ritar fisken i loggboken så förstår alla vad man menar (mamma kommer du ihåg fågeln jag målade i 5an? Det här är fiskversionen utav den).

Fick sedan tag på en bild av fisken jag menar fast är inte riktigt nöjd med färgen på den. Det är en slags koffertfisk (låter så mycket bättre på engelska) så mycket vet jag men exakt vilken?

Känner någon av er igen fisken? Vet du namnet? Berätta isåfall.

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Humans ruining the balance of nature…again

The news around the world has been reporting about attacks on divers by giant squids. They come up at night to feed and have attacked night divers in the area.

But this is not news it is old news. As a keen diver myself I watch a lot of documentaries and read a lot about the oceans I have always known that squids surface at night to feed and that they always been known to attack anything that is around. Yes even Wikipedia knows that Humboldt squids have attacked divers. I would love for the news to focus on why this happens more often instead as that IS important.

This happens more often because of us humans. We have yet again managed to ruin the balance of nature by killing of the animals that eats these squids. Hammerheads Sharks and some Whales eat Humboldt Squids and we just keep on killing them of…why?

When was the last time you ate Shark or Whale? Yes exactly you didn’t, so why are we killing them?

Sharks are mainly killed for sport, souvenirs, out of fear or simply because they are competitors for the fish we want to eat.
Whales are appherently killed for “research” by certain countries such as Japan and Norway.

So without natural enemies the squids are spreading fast.

Here is a clip from BBC’s excellent documentary Oceans when they filmed the Squids in action in the Sea of Cortez, starting 4 minutes in to the clipp.

In Swedish
Nyheterna världen runt har rapporterat om attackerdykare av stora bläckfiskar. De kommer upp för att äta på natten och ahr då attackerat dykare.

Men det är ju gamla nyheter. Eftersom jag dyker själv och älskar att titta på dokumentärer och läsa om havet så har jag vetat länge att de kommer upp för att äta på natten och attackerar allt i närheten. Till och med Wikipedia visste att Humboldt squids de attackerar dykare. Jag önskar att nyheterna kunde fokusera på det viktiga i historien att detta har blivit vanligare.

Som vanligt så är det vi människan som gjort detta vanligare. Vi har igen förstört naturens balans genom att ha ihjäl bläckfiskens naturliga fiender. Hammarhajar och en del valar äter bläckfisk och vi har ihjäl dem…varför?

När åt du haj eller val senast? Som jag trodde du har aldrig ätit haj eller val, men varför har vi ihjäl dem då?

Hajar dödar vi för sport, souvenirer, av rädsla eller för att de är rivaler till våran fiskeindustri.
Valar dödas för “forskning” av länder som Japan and Norge.

Utan naturliga fiender så sprider sig bläckfiskar snabbt.

Kolla på BBC’s dokumentär Oceans Sea of Cortez för att se mer om bläckfiskarna och hur de attackerar dykare, 4 minuter in i klippet börjar det.

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Imagine yourself in their situation

This year I went to Kenya for my holiday, the main aim was to recharge my batteries in the sun and have time alone together with my partner. We really needed sometime together away from everything as we had worked to much and had too little time for each other, we were really down and found everything a bit hard.

The sun, sea and diving really did the trick although we hardly relaxed at all.

But one of the things that I will remember the most from this holiday was Bombolulu. Bombolulu is a slum area in Mombasa, we decided to go there on our last day to see the real life in Kenya not just the perfect tourist world. Kenya is very poor and have all the diseases of poverty that Lepra is trying to prevent.

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Every monsoon season a few houses collapse, there is no proper water sanitation which leads to outbreaks of Cholera and still standing water is a perfect breeding ground for Mosquitos carrying Malaria.
We in the west could so easily help the poor but yet we chose not to, we close our eyes and pretend that poverty and diseases doesn’t exist. We pretend that Kenya and other tourist destinations are as perfect as the brochures, well sorry to spoil it for you the world isn’t perfect.

Open your eyes because you miss things amongst all the poverty we found beautiful and happy people. We did not get bothered by anyone in the slums they were nothing but polite to us.
Just look at the school children smiling even though their school is muddy ground.
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To help kids like these we need to donate money to research diseases, spread knowledge about how they spread and how to help the already infected people.
You just need to press the button ————–>
it is as easy as that 😉

PS All slums are not the same some are really dangerous like the ones in Brazil so take care on your holidays.

Swedish
Jag och sötnosen åkte till Kenya på semester för att ladda batterierna i solen och få tid för varandra.
Vi hade jättetrevligt i solen och värmen och dök en massa.

Men det vi kommer komma ihåg längst var sista dagen som vi spenderar i Bobolulu. Bombolulu är ett slum område i Mombasa. Alla sjukdomar som Lepra försöker utrota finns där. Bilden ovan visar ett hus som rasade i senaste regnet, regn som ofta för med sig kolera pga obefintlig vatten sanering, detta leder också till stillastående vatten där myggor bärandes malaria föds.
Kenya och andra turist resemål är inte perfekta som vi vill inbilla oss vi kan inte blunda längre och låtsas.
Du kan gör skillnad nu det enda du behöver göra är att trycka på knappen ——————>
så enkelt är det att donera och de glada barnen på skolan kan fortsätta vara glada och friska.

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