Amphibious Trilogies

Floating Residency. Videos 1 & 2

Fieldwork documentation

Floating Residency, Akerselven Boat Society, Hovedøya, Oslo, July 2017
Amanda Steggell
∼  Amphibious safari: on the trail of the stinging lion’s mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata)

Tenta{c}tive approach for capturing water-wise motion

Video 1: Upon spotting stinging jelly fish from the jetty.

  • Tie one end of a line to an underwater POV camera, and the other onto your wrist.
  • Sink the camera down to the estimated depth of the jellyfish. (A bit tricky; the water plays tricks with orientation.)
  • Let the camera hang there until you presume that the jellyfish is out of camera vision.
  • Tentatively, pull the camera out of the water making sure that you don’t touch either the camera house or the rope with your bare hands. Both might have touched the jellyfish’s stinging tentacles.

Video 2: Upon spotting a spawning jellyfish depositing her larvae on a stoney beach.

  • Crouch down, pull out your cell phone, turn on the video camera app.
  • Get as close to the jellyfish as you can.
  • Keep an eye on the water. When you look through the screen in this close-up encounter scenario, it’s difficult to judge distances between the camera and the water. Be aware that sudden surges in the the water can wash the poisonous tentacles onto your hands and feet.

Location data

Hovedøya is one of several small islands off the coast of Oslo, Norway in the Oslofjord. The island is quite small, no more than 800 metres across in any direction. It is well known for its lush and green nature, with a wide variety of trees, bushes and flowers.
from Wikipedia 

Area: 0.4 km2
Area code: 0150
Administrative region: Oslo


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