Rhine

The Rhine river has its source in canton Grisons, fills Lake Constance and ends in the North Sea. Popular diving sites are the old Rhine at Diepoldsau and the customs bridge at Rheinau. Although one usually encounters eels in this river, this species is unfortunately going to extinct. The eels have to travel from the european rivers across the Atlantic ocean to the Sargasso sea for breeding. But between Lake Constance and Basel there are already eleven hydraulic power stations and in each of those about one third dies in the turbines. So almost no eel has ever a chance to reproduce. April 2007 to April 2018, 18 photos.

Water Lilys: Looks like an underwater salad but it's a water lily that has no blossom yet. Old Rhine, Diepoldsau. Nikon D200, 1/91 s, F/6.3, 12 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, April 28, 2007 15:38:09

Tenches: A small group of tenches. Old Rhine, Diepoldsau. Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/5.0, 24 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, April 28, 2007 16:00:48

Northern pike: Northern pike (Esox lucius). Customs Bridge, Rheinau. Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/5.6, 24 mm, ISO 200, Friday, August 30, 2013 20:18:56

Sweetwater sponge: Sweetwater sponge. Customs Bridge, Rheinau. Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/5.6, 24 mm, ISO 200, Friday, August 30, 2013 20:23:58

European eel: European eel (Anguilla anguilla). Customs Bridge, Rheinau. Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 24 mm, ISO 200, Friday, August 30, 2013 20:31:30

Common roach: Common roach (Rutilus rutilus). Customs Bridge, Rheinau. Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 24 mm, ISO 200, Friday, August 30, 2013 20:34:12

Diver: Diving in river Rhine. Mein Blitz war wohl heller als die Lampe. Customs Bridge, Rheinau. Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/6.7, 24 mm, ISO 200, Friday, August 30, 2013 20:41:52

Northern pike: Northern pike (Esox lucius). Customs Bridge, Rheinau. Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/5.6, 24 mm, ISO 200, Friday, August 30, 2013 20:56:45

European eel: European eel (Anguilla anguilla). Customs Bridge, Rheinau. Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 24 mm, ISO 200, Friday, August 30, 2013 21:15:45

European eel: European eel (Anguilla anguilla). Customs Bridge, Rheinau. Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 24 mm, ISO 200, Friday, August 30, 2013 21:35:51

European eel: European eel (Anguilla anguilla). Customs Bridge, Rheinau. Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 24 mm, ISO 200, Friday, August 30, 2013 21:37:13

Catfish 1: One of the two catfish that swam by above our heads. Had to crop the image a bit, because it was still too far away for the 20mm wideangle lens. River Rhine at Zollbrücke Rheinau. Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/3.2, 20 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, April 7, 2018 10:08:58

Catfish 2: One of the two catfish that swam by above our heads. Had to crop the image a bit, because it was still too far away for the 20mm wideangle lens. River Rhine at Zollbrücke Rheinau. Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/2.8, 20 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, April 7, 2018 10:09:22

Catfish and Sun: One of the two catfish we met. Unfortunately it turned around before crossing the sun. River Rhine at Zollbrücke Rheinau. Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/16.0, 20 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, April 7, 2018 10:10:41

Under the Bridge: The water here is only five meters deep but the bridge and the sun are producing pretty light and shadows. Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/9.0, 20 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, April 7, 2018 10:18:43

Young Fish: A bunch of young fishes are trying to hide nearby a patch of sea grass. River Rhine at Zollbrücke Rheinau. Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/2.8, 20 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, April 7, 2018 10:30:02

Divebuddy: It was his first dive in the river Rhine at Zollbrücke Rheinau. I think he liked it. Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/2.8, 20 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, April 7, 2018 10:48:03

Below the Surface: Below the water surface nearby the shore. River Rhine at Zollbrücke Rheinau. Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/8.0, 20 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, April 7, 2018 10:51:51