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THIS MONTH (until August 2) AT REEF SEEKERS DIVE
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THAT WE ARE DIVING IN YAP WITH TWO GROUPS
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Want to travel??? Upcoming
2017 vacation trips:
• July 7-19 - Yap Immersion #1 (LEAVING THIS FRIDAY)
• July 21-August 2 - Yap
Immersion #2 [ LIMITED TO 12
• September 1-6 -
Great White Sharks of Guadalupe on the Nautilus Belle Amie [ ONLY 1 SPOT
• November 2-12 - Fiji (SW area
near Suva) on the Fiji Aggressor [ SOLD
• STARTING TO THINK ABOUT 2018 - WHERE DO
YOU WANT TO GO???
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Starting to pack . . .
LEAVING FOR YAP WITH GROUP #1 ON FRIDAY
- I'm notorious for last-minute packing but even I am starting early
as this is going to be a really weird week with losing a day to the
4th of July and then my regular Aquarium day on Thursday. The Friday
flight is at 8AM so that means an early start on Friday but also
early-to-bed on Thursday so I figured I'd get a head start. Plus,
I'm going to be gone until August 2 (since we've got two groups and
they're pretty much back-to-back with a short break in-between) so
this isn't my "normal" type of trip as I need to pack
for twenty-six days. Yikes!!! But I'm really excited about not only
my extended stay in Yap (which I truly do love - you've gotta go if
you've never been) but also that both of these trips are 10-day
affairs rather than the usual seven that we do. This means we'll
have some more time to explore the island both underwater and on
land. One thing we hope to do are some exploratory dives just to see
what might be out there in places we don't normally go. One thing
about regularly diving anywhere - this applies to Yap, California,
and anywhere in the world - is that once you have a bunch of
"regular" dive sites, and especially if you have a lot of
them, you tend to stop looking for new ones. So it's always good to
go, "Hey, we've never been over there before. Let's go take a
look." In Yap, this is how they discovered the Magic Kingdom
dive site a few years back as well as the Stammtisch cleaning
station. On that one, they were anchored on one of the other
known cleaning stations and saw some splashing in the distance. They
sent some snorkellers over to see what was going on and they came
back and said, "Did you guys know there's a cleaning station
there with a bunch of mantas?" So while you might get skunked,
sometimes you find a gem. And, as I like to say, you never know
unless you go look. So we're looking forward to hitting the
"usual" spots (Stammtisch, O'Keefe Island, Vertigo,
Lionfish Wall, etc.) as well as maybe finding some new ones.
TWARS FROM YAP
- Since I'll be gone for almost a month, I'll be sending TWARS to
you from Yap for the next four weeks. I will also hopefully be able
to post a "Top 10 pix" each day that we're there either on
FaceBook &/or through my SmugMug account. So if you'd like to
enjoy the adventure vicariously (cheaper and you don't have to worry
about time zone changes), be checking those two places. BTW, I
should have fairly reliable e-mail access in Yap so if you need to
get hold of me for anything, that will be the best way.
NEW AIRLINE LAPTOP RULES
- As I mentioned in the July newsletter, airlines flying back into
the United States are going to beef up screening of laptops in
carry-ons but it's not exactly specified how. It doesn't seem like
this will affect us on this trip (although it might affect our Fiji
trip in November). But over the next few months, if you encounter
some new procedures during your travels, shoot me a note so we can
share that with everyone.
PURPLE CORAL LINK
- I also mentioned in the July newsletter, in the article about
protecting purple coral, a State Water Resources Control Board study
I found from 1981 that deals with the issues of protection from
anchor damage and specifically talks about moorings. If you're
interested in reading any of that, here's the link: http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/publications_forms/publications/general/docs/asbs_catalina3.pdf.
GREAT WHITE SHARKS IN SEPTEMBER
- We've still got that single spot left for our Great White Shark
trip. We had amazing encounters last year and hope to duplicate that
this again year. And the boat (Nautilus Belle Amie) is
truly one of the nicest and largest dive boats I've ever been on.
Here's a link to tall the pertinent info (last year's trip report
& pix) to whet your appetite: http://www.reefseekers.com/PIXPAGES/Guadalupe%202016/Guadalupe%202016%20pix%20and%20SmugMug%20links.htm.
I'm also scheduled to give a talk to the Pacific Wilderness dive
club on August 10 at the 22nd Street Landing Restaurant if you'd
like to see what it's all about. It really is a fun and unique trip
that ought to be on your bucket list.
OTHER COOL SHARKS
- They're huge, they've got big mouths, and fortunately they eat
plankton. Not a Whale Shark but a Basking Shark (which have been
spotted on rare occasions off of SoCal). Seven of them were observed
by kayakers off of the isle of Man in Britain last week. Pretty
YOU KNOW IT'S A BAD DIVE DAY . . .
- When Dr. Bill thumbs an Avalon Underwater Park dive. According to
his FB post, low vis and very surgy today. But he says he amused
himself watching people attempt to get in and out on the stairs. I
always suspected there was a bit of a sadist in him . . .
FEEL-GOOD VIDEO OF THE WEEK
- What do you do when your pet fish has a damaged swim bladder and
keeps sinking? You make it a harness suspended beneath some cork,
that's what you do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHmAo-_0QX4.
And that'll do it for now. Have a great week and
let's go diving soon (when I get back from Yap)!!!
Owner & NAUI Instructor #5936
Reef Seekers Dive Co.
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