Mussel bank at Fænøsund
Exciting slope occupied by mussel. Great depth possible. Shoals of small fish in the summer months, including the two-spotted gobi.
How to find: Coming from road number 161, get off at Hindsgavl Alle, and turn left at Oddevejen shortly thereafter. At the end of Oddevejen you will find room to park your car.
Google Earth Coordinates:
In and out of the water: You can get in and out of the water right by the public parking lot.
Highlights: Sea life at the slopes and the fast descent.
Air filling station: You can get your airbottle refilled at Hindsgavl Camping in Middelfart (open all year round) during opening times: Hindsgavl Camping. Alternatively ask the local diving club in Middelfart, Tel.: +45 3311 1323 Dykkerklubben Marsvinet
Best season: all year round.
Dangerous areas: Avoid getting too far out into Fænøsund. The tide can be strong.
Depth: 0-20 Metres.
Tide: Can be strong in Fænøsund.
Level of difficulty (1-5): 2-3.
Facilities: Parking space and toilet.
Photo opportunities: Good opportunity for macro.
Mussel bank at Fænøsund
At Oddevejen you can find an exciting slope occupied by mussels. Great depth possible. You enter the water from the beach at the beginning of the stone setting and follow this. Here you will see common eelgrass, shoals of small fish in the summer months, including the two-spotted gobi. NB: You are not allowed to dive or swim by the Fænø Ferry pier. You are also advised to stay clear of the Fænø Ferry fairway.
Especially in the height of summer you can meet shoals of Denmark's smallest fish, the two-spotted gobi. This little orange and silvery fish with the two spots, likes to keep to by stone reefs and seaweed belts. They swim in shoals to protect themselves from predators, but you can as a diver can get quite close to the small beautiful fish.
You will often find other gobi species on the sandy seabed surrounding the seaweed belts. They like to live in small caves and beneath mussels, but also in man-made structures such as a bottle or can. Here they can confidently observe the seabed in front of them and lie in wait for prey. Gobies are often good photo subjects. Further out, the water quickly becomes deep.
When you meet the slope, you can swim east. The slope is in some places completely occupied by mussels. The mussel banks are dotted with giant common mussels that thrive in the tide of nutrient-rich waters. Between the mussels butterfish and shrimp are visible. Especially the butterfish, with 9 black spots on the back, finds both shelter and food here on the mussel bank.
Sea stars can also be seen in large sizes and in several colour variations. Sometimes during the summer months Fænøsund is full of jellyfish which are herded together because of the tide in the narrow water between Fænø and Funen. The tide can quickly change and become stronger. In just 5 minutes the tide can become very strong and then it is important to stay close to the seabed and head for shallow waters.