With summer fast approaching, can Discovery Channel's annual
Shark Week be far behind?
Every time I think about sharks and shark diving, I still remember the adrenaline rush, trying to take photos while surrounded by fast-moving fins fins at Shark Arena during a Scuba Network trip to the Bahamas. That was over ten years ago, but it feels like yesterday.
Paul, Surrounded at Shark Arena; photo courtesy of Stuart Coves
Summer also brings news of shark encounters and undeserved bad publicity for sharks, which really need our help.
This month's Conservation Corner features an amazing shark video sent in by diver Nicole Simmons, with a message about why sharks matter.
Our Story About The Photo section features some great photos (but not the stories) sent in by dive friends who have had the opportunity to enjoy thrilling shark encounters around the world.
For starters, check out this high-octane tiger shark "ballet" sent in by Sea-gram fan Martha Weisberg.
|Tiger Shark Ballet with Vincent Canabal
In the right-hand column (To Feed Or Not To Feed?) we'll discuss the ongoing debate about the pros & cons of shark feeding dives.
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Conservation Corner . . .
I'm Just A Shark
From Nicole Simmons
Former local NY diver Nicole Simmons, now residing in Melbourne, VIC Australia, sent us this thought-provoking video about why shark conservation should concern all of us.
Thanks for sharing, Nicole.
Visit the Shark Research Institute's informative website and learn more about shark conservation:
Story Behind the Photo(s) . . .
Many diving friends have sent in photo stories of their great shark encounters that we featured in past
Hope you enjoy their photos, along with some of mine:
Great Hammerhead, Jim Brand, Cocos Island
Caribbean Reef Shark, Karl Kelso, Nassau, Bahamas
Great White, Lee Solt, Guadalupe, Mexico
Black Tip Reef Shark, Barbara Petersen, Cozumel, Mexico
Great White, Eric Graber, Guadalupe, Mexico
Mako Shark, Paul Mila, Montauk, Long Island
Caribbean Reef Shark & Divers, Paul Mila, Nassau, Bahamas
Nurse Sharks Sleeping in a Cave, Paul Mila, Antigua
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Updates & Miscellaneous Features
To Feed Or Not To Feed?
Shark feeding dives, like this Stuart Coves dive I attended in Nassau, have sparked controversy.
Martha Weisberg sent us these comments from Fran, an experienced diver who was certified over 50 years ago:
"You know, I don't think that these shark feeding dives are a good idea. Great footage, but it's not normal behavior for sharks to associate food with divers. I've done some dives in the Bahamas where Stuart's Cove does shark feeding and found that all you have to do is settle on the bottom in that location and the sharks will come to you. You don't have to have any bait or food, they just expect that you will and come to look for it. It's also very hard to keep track of that many sharks coming at you from all different directions."
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order Dr. Neil B. Hampson's debut novel, Cherry Red.
Divers familiar with hyperbaric medicine will find this mystery especially interesting.
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Synopsis: When a series of unusual carbon monoxide poisonings hits Seattle, former college roommates Dr. Bradley Franklin and police detective Robert Heimbigner team up in an effort to solve the mystery. As the investigation develops, they suspect foul play. Can the old friends uncover the connection between the seemingly unrelated events before more lives are lost?
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"Preventing Diver Fatalities."
In support of
National Safe Boating Week,
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- Steps you can take to reduce your risk of injury from a dive boat and nearby vessels.
- The most common injuries that occur while entering a dive site and how to avoid them.
- How to make sure that everything is really "OK" upon entering the water.
This video will provide you with answers, tips, and tactics for preventing injuries while entering a dive site and common boating related injuries.
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Sea Shepherd Update
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