April 2017
For ocean lovers, divers, and 
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 Welcome to the April edition of  Sea-gram,   from
This month we're taking a look the sea creatures that divers encounter, from the biggest (whales) to some of the smallest (sea horses). 

I recently watched a National Geographic video of a humpback whale's view of the world taken in Antarctica . . . . 
 . . .  so I thought we would feature humpback encounters that you can do, too. C heck out humpback whale encounters that you can experience in our Featured Creature Section.

I also received a great sea horse photo from fellow diver David Robertson for our Story Behind The Photo Section.

Finally, check out the About section for a new book title contest.


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Paul J. Mila
Humpback Whale Encounters ... For you
                                                        By Paul Mila, Carle Place, NY
T wo places where you can do more than just watch whales from a boat are the Silver Bank of the Dominican Republic and the Tonga Islands of the South Pacific.

To snorkel with humpbacks in the Dominican Republic, check out the Turks & Caicos Aggressor Live-aboard at:
I'll never forget looking into the eye of a baby humpback! 
Baby Humpback
 Paul Mila Photo, Silver Bank, Dominican Republic.

To visit humpbacks in the Tonga Islands of the South Pacific, check out the 
Nai'a live-aboard operation at:

Free dive with whales as they come up to meet you . . .
paul & humpback
Paul with a Humpback, Rob Barrel photo

 . . . and meet giants, up close and personal.
Playing with a humpback
Fellow diver John Tressmer plays with a  humpback.
Paul Mila Photo, Tonga, South Pacific
 Story Behind the Photo . . .
                The Little Seahorse
                    By David Robertson, AKA DOTS, Reno Nevada
Paul Mila, Carle Place, NY
David didn't send many details about his photo, but I know he was diving with Alison (

I recognized the little critter that David photographed, since I also saw it when I was diving with Alison about a month earlier.  It was living on a reef called Palancar Bricks in Cozumel, about 60 feet down.

The nice thing about this little guy, I estimated only about four or five inches tall, was that he liked to pose. Most sea horses are shy and won't give you a good camera angle. 
I also took a shot when Alison found him for us, but David's photo was much better. Note the colorful background and the perfect exposure.

Editor's Note:
DOTS is David's Cozumel persona:  David  O The Shallows.
David's Equipment: 
Sea and Sea 8000 G camera with YS-55 strobe 


Sea horses also come in a variety of colors, like this brown one I photographed a year ago on a shallow reef, also in Cozumel:
Sea horses can be found at various depths but require a sharp eye to spot.  You won't see them swimming free. 
They usually tend to wrap their tail around a soft coral, a sponge, seaweed or algae, where they blend into their surroundings.
Paul's Equipment:
SeaLife  DC1000 Camera with digital flash.
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My latest venture, the fifth novel in the Terry and Joe dive adventure series, is a sequel to Near Miss. But we're looking for a title.
In the new story, the heroine and a killer are both searching for a priceless artifact somewhere in Mexico's Yucatan.
The manuscript is still being revised. Can you think of a title that would entice you to buy the book?
The winning title receives a free signed copy plus some other goodies. Email your title suggestion to
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Featured Creature: 

 Humpback Whale Encounters . . . for you!                   

Story Behind the Photo:

                            "The Little Sea Horse"

                  (Stories, lower left column)  
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Updates & Miscellaneous Features
Two Very Cool Videos!

1. Water Skiing With Dolphins!
Sea-gram fan Jeff Reed sent us this video, about a water skier who was surprised when a dolphin pod decided to join her:

2. Baby Gray Whale Encounter
This tour group enjoyed playing with a baby gray whale. Watch them actually rub the baleen inside the whale's mouth:
Video Credit: DawnFeuerberg/Aurora Adventure via Storyful

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Long Island Dive Association (LIDA) is supporting 
Captain Mike's 8th Annual Orchard Beach Clean Up and Clam Bake,
Sunday, May 7 at 8 AM. 
The BBQ will start at 12 PM.

Click here for details:

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Calling All AQUAWOMEN !

Long Island diver Linda Gotti just informed us about two upcoming Aquawoman events:

1. June 17, 2017 their first Aquawomen Beach Dive at the Ponquogue Bridge at 2:30 followed by a BBQ.

2. August 5, 2017 They have two boats on hold in Freeport, the Sea Hawk and  the Tempest, and also two boats in the Hamptons, the Side Kick and the Half Time. 

For details contact: 
Victoria: 917-376-5654 or,
Linda: 631-680-8168

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Freshwater Corner
For all you freshwater fans, Michigan-based diver/author/photographer 
Nancy Washburne is back -- this time Nancy tells us about a fish know as the "Water Wolf."
Check out Nancy's video:
The Water Wolf
The Water Wolf

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 Sea Shepherd Update

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is celebrating their
40th Anniversary Gala
For the Oceans
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Click here for details: 

To see the latest Sea Shepherd initiatives,  click here:

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