June 2017
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Hawksbill Turtle Arrives in Cozumel for International Turtle Day; Paul Mila Photo
 Welcome to the June edition of  Sea-gram,   from
This month we're reporting from Cozumel, where I celebrated a milestone birthday diving Santa Rosa Wall with instructor Alison Dennis and dive buddy Fulvio.

Paul celebrates the Big 7-0 with Alison; Miguel Núñez photograph.
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International Sea Turtle Day occurred during June, so in this month's Conservation Corner we're focusing on these worldwide traveling 
"Ambassadors of the Oceans." 
Check out the video, showing a scene that's as old as the dinosaurs. A green sea turtle lays her eggs and then covers the nest before she prepares to head back into the ocean.


In Story Behind the Photo, we experienced a different adventure: exploring a cenote, one of the Yucatan's freshwater 
cave systems.

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Conservation Corner . . . 
                   . . . Green Sea Turtle Nesting
                                                        By Paul Mila, Carle Place, NY
One of the most dramatic events you can witness is watching a sea turtle lay her eggs. It is a primordial scene that has played out on beaches worldwide since the age of the dinosaurs.

The Ecological Society of Cozumel permitted me to join them on a nighttime excursion to mark new nests as the turtles laid their eggs. On the east side of the island, we came upon a green sea turtle, such as the one in this photo, already in the act of laying her eggs.  Sea turtles are graceful in the water, but on land they struggle as they must support their full weight, in many cases over 300 pounds.
Green Sea Turtle, Paul Mila photo

In this 2-minute video, the turtle is bathed in red light, to enable photography without scaring the turtle, since they cannot see the red spectrum. 
One of the volunteers pulls back a rear flipper so we can see the eggs as they drop into the chamber she has prepared. 
Then, we see her use her rear flippers to cover the eggs. Finally, she uses her front flippers to camouflage the location of the nest from predators such as crabs, raccoons, dogs, and, unfortunately, humans.
Green Sea turtle Nesting in Cozumel
Green Sea Turtle Nesting in Cozumel

All sea turtle species are endangered, which is why we must preserve and protect their nesting beaches.
Turtle nesting is currently underway worldwide, and hatchings will soon follow, so we'll be posting updates.
 Story Behind the Photo . . .
  Something Different: Exploring a Cenote                                     By Paul Mila, Carle Place, NY
On my last trip to Cozumel, dive buddy Fulvio invited me to join him exploring a cenote. I had always wanted to visit a cenote, pronounced say-no-tay, the flooded underground caverns that honeycomb the Eastern Yucatan. Cenotes provided crystal-clear freshwater for the ancient Mayans.

Fulvio took me to Dos Ojos, located just north of Tulum, which can be explored as a dive or a snorkel.  Since this was my first time, we opted for a snorkel.

First we descended steps to water level . . .
And then we snorkeled through beautiful underground caverns.

Diving beneath the surface, my SeaLife video light illuminated a strange underwater world of stalagmites and stalagtites.

Even Fulvio looked amazed. . .

I couldn't believe the beauty I was seeing . . .

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Shout-Out for Sharks!
Sea-gram fan Adam Cohen sent us this 
shark conservation story, sponsored by 
Nautilus Liveaboards 

Shout Out for the Sharks is October 18 in Eilat Israel on the Red Sea. Whether or not you can make it for the dive, spread the word and donate what you can.
Check out this moving video about shark conservation:
Shout Out For Sharks
Shout-Out for Sharks
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The Giant Mantas of Sirocco
Adam Cohen also sent us this amazing video from his May 2017 adventure diving in Islas Revillagigedo, commonly known as Socorro, located about 280 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas.

Check out Adam's video, featuring the 
Giant Pacific Mantas of Socorro in all their beauty, flying to the music of Enya.  
Adam used a GoPro Hero 3 and 
the new SeaLife DC2000 camera.

The Giant Mantas of Sirocco
The Giant Mantas of Sirocco
Thanks for sharing, Adam!

Grandson Max, in his scuba pjs, enjoys his toy manta. Diving with manta rays is on my bucket list. Perhaps Max will join me some day?

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Calling All AQUAWOMEN !

Long Island diver Linda Gotti recently informed us about an upcoming 
Aquawoman event:

August 5, 2017, they have two boats reserved 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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Threats Continue!
Unfortunately, threats to ocean and sea life continue.To stay abreast of the problems click on these links for the latest updates:

Grandson Luke is already on board with protecting the whales.

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 Sea Shepherd Update
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