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P.O. Box 634 Beverly Hills, CA 90213

(310) 652-4990



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  THIS WEEK (December 14-21) AT REEF SEEKERS DIVE CO.  
(Please scroll down a bit for all the info, text, pictures, & links.)

NEW ----->  BELIZE 2014 TRIP REPORT 
BELIZE 2014 PICTURES & SLIDESHOW
 
'MORNING MORAY" VIDEO

2015 FOREIGN TRIP SCHEDULE

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DIRECTIONS TO BOATS and VETERANS PARK (REDONDO)

REEF SEEKERS REPAIR DEPARTMENT 
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or via e-mail at ReefSeekersRepair@gmail.com

(Ask Robert about our unique concierge "Repair Pickup & Delivery Service")

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Upcoming local dives & classes in 2014 (call us at 310/652-4990 to sign up for any of these activities):

Wed., December 17 - Veterans Park - Squid Dive (single tank - FREE!!!)
  FULL 2014 SKED (TRIPS & CLASSES): 

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

SAVE $10 EACH TRIP AS A MEMBER OF OUR "FREQUENT DIVER" PROGRAM

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

Want to travel??? Upcoming 2015 vacation trips:

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 15-22, 2015 - Palau (Blue Corner, Peleliu, drift & reef diving at its best) aboard the Palau Aggressor II
              
(10 confirmed - max is 11 - can be combined with Yap)
May 23-30 or June 13-20 - Bonaire (tentative)
July 11-25 - Indonesia (tentative - dates include 3 days in Singapore on the back-end)
 July 31-August 5 - Great White Sharks at Guadalupe Island aboard the Belle Amie (5 confirmed so far - 2 spots left but I think I can get more)
August 15-22 - Isla Mujeres and the Whales Sharks (plus cenotes and MUSA) [tentative]
October 21-26 - Great White Sharks at Guadalupe Island aboard the Nautilus Explorer (SOLD OUT)
November - TBA

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

I really thought I'd be telling you about our fabulous Oil Rig dive . . .

NATURE CONSPIRES AGAINST US . . . AGAIN - Short version: We didn't go out to the rigs on Sunday. No boats went out on Saturday. What's weird about everything is that I was at a wedding on Saturday and the reception was on the top floor (Bay View Room) of the MDR Marriott which has a wrap-around outdoor balcony that offers a sweeping view of Santa Monica Bay. We could literally see from Point Dume (north of Malibu) all the way down to Point Vicente (PV) and out to Catalina. Although you could see the swell bump, there were no whitecaps and it looked like it was doable. But when Captain Gary Jackson and I talked late afternoon Saturday, his concern was that a breeze had come up and started chopping things up and Gary feared it was 20/80 that we'd make it to the rigs or that they've be diveable. But we're looking at this as a postponement not an outright cancellation. We'll either shoot for January 3 or 4, or January 24 or 25. There's even a chance we might look at Friday, January 2, since it seems like most people will be off. We'll keep you posted.

WE'VE MOVED!!!! - Sort of. The main Beverly Hills Post Office where our PO box is located is in the process of consolidating their box section and as a result, our box number has changed. I think it's all for the good as we've gone from a 5-digit number (which I never liked) to a 3-digit one (which I think is easier). On top of that, wonderful Amy who's our main contact there was able to arrange so we go from box 11634 to box 634 (so just drop the "11" from the front). So if you've got us in any kind of an automated address program, please note the change. Anything sent to 11634 should get forwarded to 634 but then again, it's USPS so you never know how long that will take.

UPDATED MFG CONTACT LIST - We've always taken pride in the completeness of our list of manufacturers and their contact info (many times with their "secret" toll-free numbers) that's on our website. You'll find their respective website, phone number, and fax number. If you've got some issues or questions, it's always good to know how to contact them directly. After returning from the DEMA Show a few weeks ago, I went through and confirmed all of the info (some of which had changed), added some people who weren't on there, and deleted some that are no longer in business. I think it's a pretty good resource for you. If you need any of the info, you can get it at http://www.reefseekers.com/merchandise.html .

SURFING LAKE TAHOE - The storm that hit us last week also created something unusual in Lake Tahoe: Surf. In fact there was enough wind that it was whipping up 6-foot breakers. And some brave (foolhardy???) souls ventured out in wetsuits and hoods to tackle the breakers. I guess once you go numb from the cold, it's more tolerable. If you'd like to see some video and stills, go to this link: http://snowbrains.com/video-surfing-lake-tahoe-today-6-foot-waves-stellar-conditions/ .

CAN MANTIS SHRIMP SEE CANCER? - That's the conclusion of some recent research. Mantis Shrimp has some of the most complex eyes around and they use varying wavelengths to see much better than we do and better than probably most of there animals. And research indicates that they may be able to actually see cancer cells, which gives scientist hope of using what they know about mantis eyes to develop cameras that can do the same. Interesting concept to say the least. You can read the layman's version here: http://www.sciencealert.com/shrimps-can-see-cancer-and-scientists-have-now-created-a-camera-that-does-the-same . If you want to read the actual published study, you'll find the 20-page PDF of that here: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6880796 .

TOO MUCH PLASTIC IN THE OCEAN - That's probably not an earth-shaking statement as the evidence is there on our beaches, in near-shore waters, and in things like the North Pacific Gyre, aka the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. There's now a 7-year study that's been completed consisting of trawls going through the major ocean areas of the world and it's been published on PLOS One. The authors estimate, based on their research, that the oceans of the world have 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating around with a total weight they estimate at 250,000 tons. Needless to say, that's a lot and should be major concern to all of us who love the ocean. This type of plastic pollution threatens reefs as it can block sunlight or choke corals, and threatens fish as they may end up ingesting the plastic. You may recall that I've said before the saddest thing I saw when I was at Midway Island in 1998 were all the dead Albatross chicks who had choked to death on plastic lighters, fed to them by their parents who had mistaken the lighters for fish. Don't know how we can possibly clean all of this up but that least it quantifies the problem in understandable terms and maybe that can help prod people and governments to take this a bit more seriously. If you'd like to read the paper and see some of the statistics, you can do so here: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0111913#s3 .
 

HAPPY ALMOST-HANUKKAH - It starts this Tuesday evening at sundown and runs through Christmas Eve at sundown. How perfect is that for timing? Hanukkah hands off to Christmas. (Or maybe Christmas is the 9th day of Hanukkah.)

And that's 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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