November 2017
For ocean lovers, divers, and 
  MilaBooks Logo
Spiny Puffer (Balloonfish), Mushroom Forest, Curacao, Paul Mila photo
 Welcome to the November edition of  Sea-gram,   from
This month our Scuba Network of Long Island group just returned from a Curacao dive adventure. 
Paul diving Blue Bay Gardens, Curacao, Jennifer Mayes photo.


Curacao, situated off the northern coast of Venezuela near Bonaire and Aruba, is home to very good diving. Divers who enjoy interacting with "the small stuff," such as the puffer fish in our headline photo above, and the anemone shrimp below, find it fascinating. 
Anemone Shrimp, found by dive buddy Steve Katz; Paul Mila photo.

This month's Featured Creature is the Trumpetfish, plentiful in Curacao's waters. 

This month's Story Behind the Photo section features a different kind of sea creature: underwater photographer Jennifer Mayes, who joined us on a dive to take photos of our group. 
Curacao, like most dive destinations, is home to a diverse population of interesting people, many of whom are passing through as they explore life. Jenn is certainly one of them.


If you have a photo with an interesting story, or would like to share a good dive yarn, let me know at and I'll be happy to include your story in a future issue.
If you know someone who would enjoy reading Sea-gram, perhaps a dive buddy in need of an overdue "dive fix," please forward Sea-gram using the link at the end of the newsletter.
To view past Sea-grams click our ARCHIVE link below:

I hope you enjoy Sea-gram !
Paul J. Mila
Featured Creature . . .
                    The Trumpetfish                                                               By Paul Mila, Carle Place, NY
The trumpetfish is found throughout the Caribbean, but is especially plentiful in Curacao. These "ambush hunters" are usually spotted hanging vertically, blending in with tall soft corals as they wait for unsuspecting tiny fish, which make up their diet.

 Trumpetfish, typically one-to-two feet long, are found in many colors, such as these two below. They can even change color to blend with the background:

Paul Mila photos; SeaLife 2000 with Sea-Dragon Strobe and wide-angle lens.
Story behind the Photo . . .
 Underwater Photographer,                                         Jennifer Mayes
Underwater photographer Jennifer Mayes joined our Scuba Network group one morning to take photos of us diving. 
Jenn shared her interesting background with us:

I am an experienced and well-traveled dive master and keen photographer, originally from the UK.  I have a BA honors degree in Sport and Recreation Management along with a diploma in Water Sports and Adventure Management.  
"Since graduating university I have spent the past 11 years in the dive and tourism industry working as a divemaster, snorkel guide, night club photographer, deckhand on super yachts, in addition to operating ski lifts and ski instructing in the snowy mountains --anything to get by and see the world :-)  
"Which has now brought me to my next travel and work location, Curacao :-)"

Underwater photographer Jennifer Mayes, Paul Mila photo

"One of the reason's I love to travel is the great people you meet along the way and their different stories and adventures. One of my favorite things, if not diving, is to relax in my hammock with a good book.
Please check out my website."
"Happy Bubbles,
Jenn :-)"

Thanks for sharing your story, Jenn!
-- your home for exciting dive adventure novels  
and YouTube videos featuring various ocean creatures.

Killer Has Arrived in Paradise!
Diver and art gallery owner Dayle Standish's search for a valuable artifact brings her to the Mayan Riviera, where she crosses paths with a vicious killer seeking the same object.  When the trail leads to Cozumel, Dayle's friends Terry and Joe Manetta join her in another underwater thriller.

Now available, from Amazon, and 

MilaBooks Logo
To swim into my website click on the reading dolphin
                   Thanks for visiting; 
                   we'll see you next month!
                Paul J. Mila
75 Titus Avenue
Carle Place, New York 11514
To forward Sea-gram, 
please click the "Forward email" link below.

Featured Creature:


Story Behind the Photo:

                 A Different Kind of Sea Creature

                                  (Stories, lower left column)  
Quick Links
Updates & Miscellaneous Features
Just Published!

My new Cozumel-based dive thriller, 
  is now available.

Simply click on the cover 
for Amazon ordering information,
or visit to purchase 
a signed copy.

Note: The book is part of Amazon's Kindle Match-book Program. Paperback buyers can purchase the kindle version at a discount.

If you live in the Long Island area, the book is also available at Scuba Network in Carle Place.

"Paul Mila has created a fast-paced thriller that finds its "Maltese Falcon" hundreds of years older and in an underwater Mayan shrine. Grab your air tank -- definitely worth the dive!"
Thomas Hoover, author of Caribee.

"Paul Mila returns with familiar characters in this riveting suspense/thriller. Once you start reading, you won't be able to put this action-packed page turner down." 
Mike Monahan, author of The Treasure of Hart Island.

* * * * * * * * *
Protecting Coral Reefs
The Coral Reef Alliance is dedicated to saving coral reefs. Learn about their
 latest initiatives, and how you can help:

* * * * * * * * *
Saving Sea Turtles !
We ran this story last month, but it's so important we're mentioning it again:

Sea-gram reader Tish Dace sent us this petition from Oceana Conservation organization.
The federal government currently allows half of the shrimp trawls to operate without Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs). These boats kill thousands of sea turtles in the United States each year. 

Diver removing dead sea turtles from net

A proposed rule would require the use of TEDs in more trawl nets, saving more sea turtles, but the Trump administration is stalling this lifesaving effort.

Tell Secretary Ross to save thousands of endangered sea turtles each year by finalizing the proposed TEDs rule immediately:

* * * * * * * * *
Good News for Sharks!
This story, from the PEW charitable Trust,
is about the decision of the U.N. Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) to protect six shark species:

For more information about PEW's global shark conservation efforts, please visit:

* * * * * * * * *
 Sea Shepherd Update
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Organization is on the front lines protecting dolphins, whales, seals and other marine mammals and sea life.
For the latest Sea Shepherd conservation initiatives, click here:

* * * * * * * * * 
 A Great Newsletter !
If you don't subscribe to 
Ben Davison's 
Undercurrent Magazine,  you should. 
It is informative and always full of good tips on travel, dive equipment, and more.
Check it out:  Undercurrent Magazine 
      * * * * * * * *
Check out my Cozumel Mexico beachfront condo on VRBO:
Condo Details
Here is the view from the condo:
Morning at the Residencias Reef Beachfront Condo
Morning at the Residencias Reef Beachfront Condo

  Fulvio and Sandra manage my
  Little Slice of Paradise.

For other properties that Fulvio manages visit his website:  Fulvio's Cozumel Rentals

 * * * * * * *  
New York Diving 
For the best scuba experience in the 
New York area, contact:
Scuba Network of Long Island
Sales, Service, Basic and Advanced Dive Instruction,
Local Diving & Exotic Dive Trips

*  *  *  *  *  *
For the best Cozumel diving, 
check out dive operator Alison Dennis:
Looking for your own Slice of Paradise ?
Contact Nancy Edwards at Cozumel Living: 
Jaime Ramirez, at:
             * * * * * * * * *
Available Links
Post a link to your web site on Sea-gram!
 for details.
* * * * *
Join Our Mailing List
If a friend forwarded Sea-gram to you and you'd like to receive future issues, let us know. Click the JOIN link above, or e-mail me at