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NORWEGIAN DEEP SEA SHARK DIVING

Deep sea shark diving in Norway

Blackmouth Catshark diving in Norway

 

Expedition:

Scuba Diving with Norway's endemic deep sea shark species and marinelife.

Location:

West coast of Norway.

Accommodation:

Oceanfront cottages in Trondheim and Namsfjord.

Experience Level:

Advanced open water scuba certification

   

2018 Dates:

October 21-28 2 SPOTS AVAILABLE

Price:

US$2995 per person based on double occupancy

Trip Leader:

Andy Murch

 

Diving with Chimaeras in Norway

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

6 days of 3 tank dives.

7 Nights accommodation in comfortable cottages in Tronheimfjord and Namsfjord.

All meals while staying at the cottages.

Tanks and Weights.

Experienced Dive Guide.

Round trip transfers from Trondheim Airport.

 

NOT INCLUDED:

Personal diving equipment, flights, gratuities.

Deep water jellyfish diving in Norway

NORWEGIAN DEEP SEA SHARK SAFARI

Sharks of the deep ocean are rarely accessible to divers, but off the coast of Norway, deepwater animals inhabit shallow reefs that put them within our grasp. This is your chance to touch the abyss, 20 to 30m under the surface.

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Blackmouth catshark - diving with sharks.

 

DIVE WITH VELVETBELLY LANTERNSHARKS

Velvetbelly lanternsharks are deepwater sharks named for the glowing photophores that light up their under-parts, rendering them invisible when viewed from below. Velvet bellies are impossible to see anywhere else but in Norway they form schools that hunt in relatively shallow water. This is your chance to dive with a true shark of the abyss.

 

Velvetbelly lanternshark diving.

 

BLACKMOUTH CATSHARKS

Beautifully patterned, blackmouth catsharks are present throughout the Northeast Atlantic and Mediteranean but like their velvetbelly cousins, they are seldom encountered. In the med, blackmouths inhabit reefs down to 1000m, but in some parts of Norway they are common at 20-30m. Although they are fast swimmers, they often sit on the reef allowing divers to inspect them closely; a great deep-shark photo opportunity!

 

Scuba diving with blackmouth catsharks


DEEP SEA GHOST SHARKS

Ghost sharks are also known as chimaeras or ratfishess. Although not true sharks, they share a common ancestor with their more toothy, cartilaginous cousins. Ghost sharks have some unusual adaptations including a clasper that extends from the males forehead during mating to help him latch onto his mate.
This is another rarely seen creature of the deep seas that we can virtually guarantee encounters with in this part of Norway.

 

Scuba diver with a chaemera or ratfish in Norway

 

DEEP SEA ANGLERFISH

A denizen of the depths that we have a good chance to see is the ultra-bizarre looking monkfish; a relative of the abyssal anglerfishes of nightmares. Relying on an elaborate 'skin-beard' to obscure its presence, the monkfish waves a tiny lure above its enormous waiting mouth to attract unsuspecting fishes. Truly, a strange sight to behold!

 

Monkfish or anglerfish diving in Norway.

 

DEEP WATER NORWEGIAN SKATES

These flattened cousins of sharks are fairly common on Norway's sandy bays. They are somewhat unpredictable so we can't guarantee that we'll bump into them but it is quite likely. The two species that are seen regularly in shallow water are thornback skates and starry skates; both beautiful animals!

 

Diving with deep water skates

 

EXOTIC COLDWATER REEFSCAPES

The setting for our Norwegian Shark Safari is quite magical. The water is usually crystal clear and the invertebrate life is as diverse as it is exotic.

 

Diving on Norway's deepwater reefs.

Beautiful reef in Norway scubadiving.

NORWEGIAN DEEP SEA SHARK  DIVING EXPEDITION ITINERARY

Day 1: Pickup at Trondhiem Airport at 12pm (noon). Transfer to accommodation in Namsfjord. Photo stops en route.
Dinner at the cottage, then possibly a night dive depending on the arrival time. The best place for velvet belly lantern sharks is only few meters away from the jetty.

Days 2/3: Three dives per day at Namsfjord. Some of the interesting species to see here are velvetbelly lanternsharks, blackmouth catsharks, thornback rays, wolf fish, monkfish/anglerfish, ling, cod, hagfish, and gurnards. We may also dive a North Atlantic kelp forest.
The diving will be from boat and shore. Night dives are important to see lanternsharks.

Day 4: After breakfast we will move to Trondheimfjord (about 2 hours by car). Depending on the tidal period, it may be possible to conduct two dives. A range of dive sites are available.
Directly in front of the cottage, you can see Ghost Sharks, blackmouth catsharks, helmet jellyfish and deep-sea corals. Night dives here often attract lots of chimaeras.

Days 5/6: We will decide which diving locations to visit based on the interests expressed by the group. Choices include coral walls, channel edges with incredible macro life, and deep-sea coral reefs. All dive sites in the area have a good potential for encountering sharks. Each night, after dinner, we will conduct a night dive.

Day 7: Time for one last dive in Trondheimfjord. Afterwards, we will dry and pack our equipment and (time permitting) go on a short photo tour. Dinner.

Day 8: Departure day. We will arrive back at the airport at approximately 12 noon.

 

A ratfish in Norway

 

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Andy Murch Trip Leader

Andy Murch

EXPEDITION LEADER

Andy Murch is a fanatical big animal diver.

He has photographed and dived with more sharks than most people on this planet and he's very good at it.

Andy's images and shark stories have appeared in hundreds of books and magazines around the world from titles as varied as Canadian Geographic, Scuba Diving, FHM, Digital Photography,  and the Journal of Zoology.

Andy is the Creator of the ever expanding Shark and Ray Field Guide on Elasmodiver

 

When not running big animal expeditions or on photographic assignments, Andy lives and dives on Vancouver Island, Canada

 

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