Posted by: orcaweb | October 13, 2009

What’s to do in Esbjerg?

'man meets the sea' sculpture

'man meets the sea' sculpture

Back on board the Dana Sirena for my very last trip of the year. On the voyage across to Esbjerg I conduct an early morning deck-watch checking for any birds which may have alighted on deck during the night. I spot fulmar and gannets and a guillemot at sea. Later that morning I gave my PowerPoint presentation in the Lighthouse cafe. The talk we give on the work of my organisation ORCA (Organisation Cetacea) and our partnership with DFDS Seaways is vitally important. It allows us a platform to convey to the wider public the problems that the marine environment faces in our modern day. There are signs that climate change and over fishing are affecting the marine eco-system and the behaviour of animals that depend on it for survival. Our work allows us to interact and educate young people whom are the ‘next generation’ who will be the future decision makers and ‘managers’ of our Planet. We try to enthuse children about science. We endeavour to encourage people to take an interest in issues affecting the marine environment be it from over fishing to pollution whether its from marine litter or noise pollution. We ask people to take actions in their daily lives, however small, to reduce waste, recycle and re-use materials. We give people facts about whales, dolphins and porpoise to inspire them to develop an interest in this fascinating group of animals. Its all very important to us in our work as wildlife officers.

 

On arriving in Esbjerg there are many things that you can do of interest. As wildlife officers we generally take people on the short crossing to the delightful island of Fano for a nature walk and a visit to the quaint little town of Nordby. A local attraction in Esbjerg which is well worth a visit is the ‘Fisheries and Maritime Museum’ ( in Danish its ‘Fiskeri-og-Sofartsmuseet’) which is situated just a couple of kilometres on the outskirts of town. Here you can learn about the nature and human history of the region and the importance of the intertidal mudflats of the Wadden Sea (Vadehaveet in Danish) for shorebirds and wildfowl. The aquarium is fascinating and you can even ‘touch’ live fish. There is also an outside pool containing a number of harbour seals and a grey seal and these are fed daily at 2.30pm. There is an excellent shop for souvenir’s and a cafe if you wish to dine. The centre is open daily between 10am-5pm (1st Sept-30th June) or 10am-6pm (1st July-31st August). The entrance fee is 85 kr in low season or 100 kr (kroner) in high season. The entry is ‘free’ for young people ‘under 18’. please follow the link to the museum’s website :- www.fimus.dk

Whilst there and just a short distance away you can also visit the large white sculpture of the 4 men. These 9 metre tall statues are called ‘Man meets the sea’ and they are a prominent feature as you enter the port of Esbjerg. They are visible from the sea up to 10 kilometres away. The sculpture  was designed by Svend Wiig Hansen and they portray the ‘meeting between pure, unspoilt mankind and nature’ or you may indeed have a different perspective of the sculpture in your own mind!

To get to the Fisheries & Maritime museum and the sculpture I took the bus no. 5 from outside the port terminal to the main bus station and then you can either take the no.6 or no.10 bus to the museum. I understand that you can also catch buses 1, 3 or 8 but please check with the bus driver.

Why not just chill out in the many cafes and bars in the town. Whatever you do in Esbjerg have a good time!

Elfyn Pugh

Volunteer Wildlife Officer

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