It has been an exciting couple of weeks in Frafjord. The reason for our excitement (aside from the stellar weather)
is that the pilot whales have been frequenting the fjord, meandering up and down, back and forth, feasting on the schools of fish (such as mackerel) that thrive in these waters.
We have had the pleasure of paddling with and encountering up close the pilot whales, who, although not overly friendly like the dolphins, do not seem to mind our presence and come quite close. As they breach the surface, their blow holes expel water and inhale oxygen, and make quite a curious sound.
We hope they want to chill with us for awhile, making this place that much more magical and exciting. Come join us soon!
It is funny how my leap of love from Jæren to Frafjord, surfing the open ocean to gliding across the more tranquil fjords, has opened up my eyes to the beauty in my immediate surroundings. Packed with a SUP on my roof, i realised SUPing the Jæren lowlands and midlands could be my new oyster. Google maps overwhelms with an overabundance of fresh water lakes (innsjø), with all their unique curves and features, waiting to be explored. Some are too shallow, some are just right, and the search is half the fun; extra bonus on glassy days, but sometimes the wind is also i nice and invited challenge.
…well, you know you will find peace and tranquility, amazing beauty and a relaxing atmosphere which seems to put your mind, body and soul at ease. Stepping into Frafjord is almost like stepping back in time; little has changed in this hidden gem, yet it is equipped with modern amenities and just got 4G last fall. Adventure awaits, the heart pulsates, then takes a pause to let you soak it all in.
Last week while combing the sandy shore we came upon this aquatic creature; it was unfortunately dead but we took to the opportunity to observe and appreciate. It is called a Pigghå (Squalus acanthias), and is a harmless, small shark common in these waters. They are not yet endangered, but like many shark (and other marine) species, are threatened by humans. Nevertheless, there are many in the area and will hopefully survive the plague of humanity.