Pooki Flakkaa – Raahe Maritime Festival 2018

The Metsähallitus SEAmBOTH-team took part in the Raahe Maritime Festival 14th to 15th of July. The event was organized for the fourth time and thousands of visitors attended, the official estimate was 19 500 visitors!

The SEAmBOTH booth, with posters, samples, water binoculars and happy employees.
Photo by Noora Kantola, Metsähallitus.

The weather was absolutely beautiful during the whole Festival! Sun was shining, there was hardly any wind and people were in a good mood. During the weekend we told about the marine nature and our project. We showed samples of different plant species and visitors got to see some species under the microscope, see how the sea bottom looks through the underwater video camera, and could look through the water binocular. We had interesting conversations with local people, fishermen, cabin owners, divers and people who had come to Raahe from far away.

There were different happenings around the market square and in Pikkulahti -area. There was a fair reminiscing the golden old times of sailing ships, there were different kinds of food, music events, cruises to the archipelago and so on!

On Saturday a National Search and Rescue competition was organized in Raahe. The competition track was about 3 km long and it circled around the city right next to the Festival area. I took part in the competition in the Oulu SAR -team and it was so much fun and a great way to test our skills!

A person in survival suit in water, trying to turn around a boat.
Photo by Vesa Joensuu.
People practicing emergency help skills on a dock. One is taking notes.
Photo by Vesa Joensuu.

See you in July 2019 in Pooki Flakkaa – Raahe Maritime Festival 2019!

Written by Suvi Saarnio

A swan family with 2 adults and 4 chicks.
Photo by Noora Kantola, Metsähallitus.
Plant samples on glass jars on a table. Closest is Nuphar lutea.
Photo by Suvi Saarnio, Metsähallitus.

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