Happiness can hardly describe in words. A bubbling joyful experience that never ends. Living seals just a few meters from the kayak. Curious individuals, young cats and older seals who playfully splash in the water and swim under the kayak, some so close that you feel its existence as small vibrations in the kayak's hull. A playful kid who is bothering with the kayak's dolphin (I have no rudder, but uses the dough for directional stability) a little impossible to get in the picture. Photographing backwards when blowing strong side winds turns out to be easier said than done.
Just as the happiness loop rinses through the body when you see a herd of lions on the savannah, a bear outside the photo veil or a huge moose bull far into Sarek, the wildness doesn't want to let go when the seals show up. These are nature experiences when they are at their best, where we as humans are small and insignificant compared to the fantastic creations of nature — meetings with wild animals for real.
Blekinge offers fantastic paddle water.
I almost can't stop smiling. Every time I stop paddling, the distance to the seal's increases. At least over the surface. In the water, however, I both see and hear how the seals swim close as if they enjoy being close without being seen — friends who snorkelled with seals before certify the same thing. Under the water, the seals are more curious than above the water surface. Down there - in their world - man is not a threat. At least not physically. Instead, their curious explorations trigger by our mere existence, and as long as the seals just come across paddlers over a few occasions per season, curiosity will probably persist.
Blekinge offers fantastic paddle water.
The seals do not seem to care if you paddle alone or in groups.
The kayak life offers unique opportunities to get close to both seal and bird.
It is, of course, no guarantee to see seal when you are out and about. The tip is to paddle in the low season, preferably early in the fall or late in the late summer, preferably during sunny days, when the fuss in the archipelago reduced to a minimum. It is hardly any secret that the seals do not like motorboats or jet skis that tear through the archipelago as deadly projectiles. On the other hand, the seals come out as soon as you turn off the engine and let the boat run in the water.
If you see no seal, you can always swim and enjoy the archipelago in another way.
Keep in mind that seals do not like to be surprised, but paddle purposefully and talk to each other if you are out several pieces and paddles to minimize the risk that the seals feel threatened. Even if the seal - or seals - disappear when you approach it, it won't be long before they are back on the cocks to bask in the sun. You do not have to be afraid to disturb the behaviour of the seal, but should of course show consideration and keep the distance (which can be difficult, as the seals tend to get close).
Usually the seals are visible further out in the sea band.
Seal safari from the kayak.
Lovely evenings in the archipelago,
In total, there are three different types of seals in the Baltic Sea; grey seal, tuber seal and scab. The biggest is the grey seal which can be up to three meters long and weigh almost 300 kg. The grey seal breeds its young on the ice - or copper and cut - in February or March, and stays there and diet for about three weeks before the young are left alone until they are big enough to hunt on their own. From the time the baby is born until the mother goes it, the salmon increases dramatically in weight. From 10 kg to about 40 kg. The seal is considerably smaller than the grey seal and can weigh up to 100 kilograms and become about 170 cm long (male). The seal is found mainly on the west coast but also found in several colonies in the Baltic Sea. The kitten (the kid) is born around midsummer and, on the contrary, can jump in the water immediately after birth and follow the mother out hunting. The vicar: Is Sweden's smallest seal, considerably lower than the seal. The pussies are born in February or March in a cave that the mother made in the ice. On the other hand, if ice is missing, the chicks probably drown after birth, and no one knows why the substitute does not give birth to their girls on land when it is missing ice.
Suddenly the seals are all around the kayak.
Company of a seal.
The seals usually appreciate barren islands, bridges and cuttings.
Here you can see seal in Blekinge:
- The outcrop at the far end of the archipelago is a great place to see seals (gray seal) in quantities. Never paddle alone as the weather can quickly change far out into the archipelago. The dive company Saltstänk also arranges seal safaris for the Utklippan.
- Listerby archipelago (between Nättraby and Ronneby). There are no site-specific colonies here, but the seals appear as spontaneous meetings in the bays.
- The seal protection area in Olsäng (on the east coast south of Kristianopel) is Blekinge's only seal protection reserve. It is also the county's only colony with plump seals. As with bird protection areas, the area is protected and you must not go ashore or stay in the reserve between April 1 and September 30.
At the far end of the sea band, the meetings with seals become more frequent.