Blanket Octopus

I’ve sure never seen one of these! That’s one of the coolest things about scuba diving. On land, you don’t just run out into the forest and become surrounded by thousands of species of animals. If they are there, they’re not so visible and rarely as abundant. But, in the water, there’s the chance of […]

Help End Shark Finning

I just got back from the PADI Annual Forum. It was very interesting and I won a hat. One thing that came up is the issue of shark finning, the hideous practice of cutting the fins off of sharks in huge numbers and tossing them back into the ocean to die. Shark numbers have been […]

Rare 1823 Wreck Found—Capt. Linked to “Moby-Dick”

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news//2011/02/110211-two-brothers-whaling-ship-pollard-science-nantucket-noaa/ I can’t imagine how many shipwrecks there must be throughout the world, but certain ones excite me a lot. Queen Anne’s Revenge, The Nuestra Señora de Atocha, The Hunley among others come to mind as wrecks I am particularly fascinated with. I remember reading a book about the Mel Fisher’s search for the Atocha long […]

This Bums Me Out

http://www.citrusdaily.com/crystal-river/crystal-river-naturalist-reported-lost-sea/2009/01/24/1885.html Joe Strykowski is a name that’s been glued to the back of my mind since the 1970’s.  At the time I first heard of him I was maybe 10 or 12 years old and wanted nothing in life more than to earn SCUBA certification.  I know Joe Strykowski only from the first book about […]

Seahorses in California??!!

http://www.prlog.org/10565379-first-seahorse-photographs-taken-underwater-in-california-published-rare-marine-life.html This is kind of old news, but I had no idea seahorses are alive and well in California! Awesome!! Here’s another article… http://greenoc.freedomblogging.com/2010/03/09/seahorse-off-california-a-photo-first/20853/