On Thursday, 05.03.09, Andreas Czerniak, Matthias Schaber and Dirk Fleischer were interviewed at Falckenstein beach. Jens Zacharias (NDR) met the TaMOs-team on late afternoon on the Beach for a feature broadcasted on Sunday, 07.03.09, on NDR 1 Welle Nord.
Our divers do go diving during the holidays. It is self evident that the winter time is not the nicest season for divers, but there are reasons for a dive in 5 to 6° Celsisus cold water. This time it was a small cnidarian, that can only be found at a single place in the Kiel fjord.
Since we invented the method of profiling dives we knew that conducting such a dive is a loss of freedom to the diving team. We also knew that horizontal distance is a very important parameter but it hard to measure under water. Up to now we used a workaround. We estimated the distance from the diving time, but this is very imprecise. Now we have approved a new method, which we consider the perfect agreement between a free dive plan and useable data. GPS-Loggers are the magic solution.
The TaMOs seminar dates of the 11./12. october were also published in the october issue of the journal 'tauchen'
For a long time we have neglected our picture galary and stored their by fare not enough pictures. This has been changed now. A lot of friends and participants supported us and provided pictures. The diverstiy of motifs is as large as in the Baltic Sea - sometimes we have close ups of single individuals and sometimes its more like a landscape. We will enlarge this galary from now on.
It can be seen from fare: TaMOs has gained a new logo on its website. 'Gaining' is the right term. A proposal from the BUND-SH has been approved by the BINGO!-Project support of Schleswig-Holstein. We are delighted about this funding and we will start right away to create new teaching materials and flyer for our seminars.
In the beginning of autumn little lumpfishes can with a little luck be found in the shallow areas of the western Baltic. We found Cyclopterus lumpus at the beach between Strande and Schilksee. These often very diversely coloured fellows are quite nice to look at. The clumsy body is hard to see for the untrained eye, but it's always worth to have the camera ready during a dive.
These days in early aurumn it is possible to find so called stalked jellyfish (in German "beaker jellyfish") in the seagrass meadows in the bay between Strande and Bülk in the Kiel fjord. Stalked jellyfish or Stauromedusae are Cnidarians and are related with the common jellyfish. This group has characteristics from medusae and polyps and most members of this group are not higher then 4 cm.
There are several ways to contribute to TaMOs. The easiest way is a normal dive with a documentation of animal species on the underwater form. First enhancement is the so called profiling dive. In the first part of this dive, the focus lies on plant diversity and distribution, afterwards animal species are registered. The latest development is the measuring dive. Here is a report on one's experiences.
The new comb jelly Mnemiopsis leidyi, which was discovered in the Baltic Sea at the end of 2006. It can be seen now more frequently in the Kiel Bay. Since the 'new one' was rare during the summer time it can be found now during dives at Falkenstein beach and between Strande and Schilksee. Who wants to be sure with the species identification needs to go for a night dive. On contact Mnemiopsis leidyi is able to do bioluminescence (creation of light). The very similar looking Bolinopsis infundibulum can't procduce these very nice light flashes. More on the identification later.