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  THIS WEEK (September 22-29) AT REEF SEEKERS DIVE CO.  
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Upcoming local dives & classes in 2014 (call us at 310/652-4990 to sign up for any of these activities):

Thu., October 2 - CLASS - Photo Workshop (at Reef Seekers West - $25)
Sat., October 11 - Catalina Express - Avalon Underwater Park (usually 3 dives - includes boat, taxi, tanks & air - $150
)
Sun., October 19 - Asante - Farnsworth Banks (wide open - $170)
Wed., October 22 - Veterans Park - Night Dive (single tank - $20)
Thu., October 30 - CLASS - Fish ID (at Reef Seekers West - $25)

FULL 2014 SKED (TRIPS & CLASSES): http://www.reefseekers.com/FLYERS/2014%20RSD%20Boat%20&%20local%20sked%20(chronological).pdf

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Need rental gear? Get a 20% discount at Hollywoodivers (near Universal City) or Scuba Haus (Santa Monica).

Want to travel??? Upcoming 2014 vacation trips:

November 1-8 - Belize Sun Dancer (11 confirmed - room for 1 more female)
March 6-15, 2015 - Yap (Manta Rays, Mandarinfish, sharks & more) with our good friends at Manta Ray Bay Resort
              (9 confirmed - can be combined with Palau)
March 13-22, 2015 - Palau (Blue Corner, Pelilu, drift & reef diving at its best) aboard the Palau Aggressor II
                  
(10 confirmed - max is 12 - can be combined with Yap)

GET MORE INFO ON ALL OF OUR VACATION TRIPS HERE: www.reefseekers.com/foreign_trips.html

Hoper you enjoyed the last official day of summer and are ready for the Fall Heat Wave to start on Monday . . .

SPEAKING OF FALL - I know I've said this dozens of times but fall really is a great time to go diving. I mention it again mainly to key you into the story below. Because fall is also a really good time for beach diving. A lot of times when we get the Santa Anas to kick in, the ocean becomes very calm and the shoreline really does become like a lake. However, that may be slightly different this fall because of the storms we've been having and that's what keys you into article #2.

L.A. TIMES ARTICLE ON RIPTIDES - There was a really great article on riptides in last week's L.A. Times. Although it's primarily aimed at people who are going to be body-surfing or wading in shoreline waters, it has application for divers as well. Basically the article points out that the underwater topography has been changed, in some places quite radically, by the onslaught of surf generated by the recent Pacific hurricanes. From a diving standpoint, riptides can actually be useful because you can use them on entry for a "free" ride out through the surf zone. (Obviously, avoid them on the way back in.) The other difference between a diver and a swimmer is also going to be that the diver has an air supply on his/her back so if the rip is problematic, put the reg in your mouth so you don't drown. (I'm a big fan of reg-in-mouth-entries anyhow.) But the article's informative and if you'd like to read more, here's the link: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-beach-erosion-riptides-20140917-story.html .

LOOKING FOR TWO GOOD WOMEN AND ONE GOOD MAN - It's simply a clever way to mention (again) that we've still got one last-minute opening on our Belize trip November 1-8 aboard the Sun Dancer II for a single woman (sharing with Sue Krauth) and we've also got two spaces left available on our Palau trip on the Palau Aggressor II, one for a woman (sharing with Tamar Toister) and one for a man (sharing with Ric Selber). Yap is a different story because we're land-based and they've got 30 rooms at Manta Ray Bay so we've got more flexibility there. Airfare is still holding around $2100 and also points out the biggest problem with these types of trips. Do you play a guessing game to see if fares will go down in the next few months, or do you jump at a fare now in anticipation of future fare increases? It's really hard to say. If the fare drops significantly, say over $200, you can always do a ticket change and pay the penalty - usually $150 - and come out ahead. But it's always a crapshoot and is my least favorite part of putting these trips together because I wish I had a crystal ball and could predict accurately what was going to happen. If it's any consolation, I'm in the same boat (plane, actually) as you. For the Yap/Palau trip, I've got a fare on hold through Monday afternoon for $2065 which is pretty good . . . unless it drops to $1500 in a few months. You just never know and you can drive yourself crazy playing the guessing game.

UNIQUE VISITOR - I think Liz O'Mara summed this up best when she said to me, "He must have followed us home!!!" She was referring to the sighting of a WHALE SHARK off of the east end of Catalina this past week. The assumption is that a combination of warm water and hurricane-driven swells pushed him this far north. From the reported size, he's likely the same type of sub-adult that we were seeing last month at Isla Mujeres (which is what prompted Liz' comment). But way cool and while the Doubting Thomas' of the world can say that this could have been taken anywhere and there's no kelp in view, blah, blah, blah, I'm willing to take the word of the charter fishing boat captain. Here's a link to the video on Pete Thomas' Outdoors page (he's not related to Doubting): http://www.petethomasoutdoors.com/2014/09/rare-whale-shark-sighting-documented-near-catalina.html .

ENCOUNTER #2 - A different type of Whale Shark encounter was had by this spearfisherman off of the coast of Ascension Island (takes a moment to load and there's a commercial at the front, but I think you'll end up laughing): http://www.weather.com/special/crazimals/video/diver-saw-this-and-freaked-out-53679?collid=/video-minutes/crazimals .

COOL JELLY - Bob Ballard's research ship the E/V Nautilus came across a very cool and unusual jelly a while back during one of their trips scouring the bottom. Very much reminded me of my dive in the Alvin in 1996 off the backside of Catalina to a depth of 3500 feet. You never know what you're going to find. This is HD video so you get a really good look at the Siphonophore and well as a some descriptive words from people who I assume are the researchers on this project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KZsrDGLUJQ .

VALERIE TAYLOR BEFRIENDS AN EEL - Jonas Dolkart sent along this video of Valerie Taylor (well-known pioneering Aussie diver) and the story of her friendship with a moray eel. My only quibble is that she feeds the eel but other than that, it's a pretty cool story. I'm guessing this was shot in the 80s or so and you'll get a kick out of the equipment they were using, especially a video camera you'll see at the start. Of course, all of this was state-of-the-art back then and some of it actually hasn't change much at all over the years. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npP8maVti7o .

I guess I should call myself "KenTube" this week. That'll do it for now. Have a great week and let's go diving soon!!!

- Ken

Ken Kurtis
Owner, Reef Seekers Dive Co.


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