Summer field season has been opened on the Baltic sea, where we also study stickleback and its interactions with other fish, mostly dietary ones.
We planned to travel along the shore of entire part of Gulf of Finland that is situated in Russia’s territory from north to south, taking samples at 8 sites. We chose to start with northern part first, and we travelled as far as Primorsk. The weather was very nice, it was quite warm, and we met a lot of people despite the quarantine, who however stopped getting in our way after hearing a brief description of what we were doing – environmental monitoring.
On the next day we drove out to the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. The landscape there was somewhat different from the northern landscape, and you can see it on the photos. Moving through sand dunes, woods and reeds we visited 5 spots and took samples there. We were more lucky with our catch, and we saw way more animals (such as swans) and way less beachgoers. The water temperature went up to 19°C, it would be possible to open the beach season if not for our tight work schedule😎