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    May 31, 2017

    May Is Great White Shark Month

    For some unknown reason, the month of May has brought many Great White sharks to the waters of Southern California.

    Great White sharks have been spotted as far North as San Francisco to as far South as San Diego.

    The Coast Guard and Lifeguards apparently use helicopters and drones to spot sharks and decide if they will close the beach to swimmers.

    Small sharks, those under ten feet, tend to feed on small fish while the larger ones eat seals, sea lions and surfers; those factors weigh in on whether the beaches will be closed.

    I’m surprised that our news hasn’t blamed ISIS or Al Qaeda for the shark infestation.

    Fishermen pose with a Great White Shark in Cuba circa 1940.Fishermen pose with a Great White Shark in Cuba circa 1940.

    The beaches of San Clemente seem to have gotten the most shark sightings; in April, a ten foot great white shark injured a woman at San Onofre State Beach, south of San Clemente.

    Shark caught off a pier

    I’m about to get back into the water myself, after an unwelcomed break of six months.

    I will soon officially announce my next SCUBA diving vacation – if you thought Albania was an adventure, this one should top it by far.

    The trip organizer had some concerns about my diving experience; for some reason they only recognize PADI as a SCUBA certification.

    I’m getting a PADI specialty card so I can officially be a “PADI” diver, which should be considered, “at least a PADI Open Water” certification.

    There’s no cross over classes from NAUI Advanced to PADI Advanced, and I really didn’t want to take a PADI Open Water class after I’ve been diving 15 year with more than 500 SCUBA dives.

    Until next time!

    Shark stepping on a Lego.

    News Links:

    May 28, 2017 : Closure lifted after sharks again drive surfers and swimmers from water off San Clemente

    Beach lovers march to the sea – shark sightings…

    April 30, 2017

    April Update

    Sorry again for slacking on the posts – but it really doesn’t matter as I haven’t been getting wet lately.

    It is a combination of the crappy conditions recently, and family and business shit.

    I’m sure I still have my loyal four or five followers; and thank you!

    Regardless, the SCUBA tanks that I bought from the garage sale a few years ago I got hydro-ed at Pacific Wilderness and they passed!

    So, I now have SCUBA tanks that I can get filled by anyone, regardless of whether they have the paranoid ban on the high quality Luxfer Aluminum tanks from the early 1980′s that I have dove with for the past 10 years.

    However, I feel guilty for not posting anything for a month – so this is what is up.

    I’m not sure if I will be lobster hunting anymore.

    It seems like a really big waste of money now, since the last few seasons have produced very few lobster for me.

    Not that I’m a shitty hunter, but over all, it would have been cheaper for me to go to the damn seafood store.

    I figured that out a long time ago, but the diving camaraderie kept me coming back.

    OK, if I have enough money next season, I will see you!

    Now, for the fluff of this post…

    I just came across this website from one of my friends – it is basically hookah diving, or SNUBA diving, for those who are not macho enough to actually carry a tank.

    AirBuddy

    Air Buddy

    It is limited to 40 feet, so I’m not putting this on my wish list.

    Until later!

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