THIS WEEK (Aug. 31 - Sept. 7) AT REEF SEEKERS DIVE
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REEF SEEKERS REPAIR DEPARTMENT
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MAYBE NOT A GREAT TIME TO BE IN HAWAII - A 1-2 punch is bad enough but Hawaii's getting a 1-2-3-4 punch with FOUR storms lining up to take a whack, as you can see from the NOAA graphic below. Kilo just passed through, Ignacio is flanking the islands to the north, Jimena is taking a similar path, and what will become Kevin is trying to form south of Baja. Ouch!!!
SAD & STUPID AT THE SAME TIME - Heard a story from Saturday coming out of Crystal Cove (Laguna area) about a spearfisherman who got spooked and fired his speargun at what he thought was a shark. Turned out to be a sea lion that he impaled. No word on how the pinniped is doing but hopefully will recover. But the sheer stupidity of this is amazing to me. First of all, if you really think a shark is coming at you, trying to spear it may not be the best plan in the world for a whole host of reasons. Secondly, what happened to the rule of not firing until you know absolutely what it is that you're firing at? This definitely should be a violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and hopefully they will not only throw the book at this jerk but also have confiscated his gear. Idiocy underwater.
SHARKS IN THE NEWS #1 - There were legit shark stories in the news all over the place in the last few days. In San Diego, they closed the beaches around Scripps after a Hammerhead was spotted there and thought to be making "aggressive" moves towards kayakers. The "aggression" involved following them in to the shore, which could also possibly be termed "curiosity." But, having taken a lesson from that great documentary "Jaws," they decided to close the beach. Then a second shark was spotted. Or maybe it was the first one spotted twice. No matter because hysteria doesn't respond to rational thought. Here's a ink to a video from one of the kayakers (and there's no doubt it was a hammer):
SHARK #2 - This was a bit more serious as a Great White took a big bite out of a woman's surfboard off of Morro Bay. The woman said she pushed her board towards the shark and then jumped off to get to shore. She was uninjured. There are some still pictures but the most interesting one is her surfboard with a perfect shark bite out of it: http://www.aol.com/article/2015/08/30/surfer-uninjured-after-shark-bites-her-board-off-california/21229134/?icid=ma .
SHARK #3 - Not so fortunate with a Virginia teen surfing in South Carolina who got bitten by a Bull Shark while in shallow water. The bites were on his leg and his arm, the latter apparently from trying to get the shark off his leg. If you look at shark bite/attack statistics, you'll generally see a large number of bites from Bulls, who are considered among the most aggressive of the sharks known to have bitten humans. The other thing that may contribute to that stat is that Bull can live in both salt AND fresh water so they may also be presented with more bite opportunities. The Virginia kid's going to be OK after some stitch work was done on his limbs: http://www.aol.com/article/2015/08/29/virginia-teen-recovering-after-fighting-off-shark-attack/21229084/?cps=gravity_4881_8579542173991438317 .
NICER THAN SHARKS - Scientists are very excited about the sighting of a Slimy Nautilus (that's really what it's called) which hasn't been spotted for the past 30 years. It looks like a regular Nautilus but is covered with what looks like schmutz. Actually, if it was at the Aquarium of the Pacific, we'd probably want to grab it and scrub it clean. But apparently it's a big deal and those in Nautilusland are all atwitter over the find. Here's a picture below as well as a link to the story:
WATCH TV MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK - This sounds like it could be really cool. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week, PBS, in conjunction with the BBC, will be airing "Big Blue Live" from 5-6PM each day (repeating from 8-9PM) and what it is is a live feed from Monterrey Bay that supposedly will be focusing on the whales, and otters, and other creatures that make that area their home. Now I can't believe every second of it is going to be live because it could get REALLY boring if there's nothing going on. But it's certainly an interesting concept and hopefully will include underwater footage perhaps from some submersibles or ROVs. In the Los Angeles are, the channel to watch is KOCE (channel 50) or any other PBS affiliate that you may get. (Special note: This will NOT be on KCET since they abandoned their PBS association a few years ago.) But it certainly sounds like it's got potential. Here's a link to the KOCE website about it:
And that'll do it for now. Have a great week and let's go diving soon!!! (And don't forget that NEXT weekend is Labor Day Weekend.)
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