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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…

    December 30, 2016

    Year End Post And Updates

    I have to say, this year sucked for me and SCUBA diving.

    I didn’t get into the water until July because of the weather and conditions, one of our main diving characters – Dennis Gunn – died in February, another has developed health problems, the opening night lobster boat was cancelled because the Captain broke his back and by the end of this year, I have logged seven dives.

    Seven dives – that is my total for the year and an all time record low.

    A big part of my diving problem after lobster season began was that New England Divers was in the process of moving and I was not able to fill my high quality Luxfer Aluminum tanks from the 1980s.

    Even though my tanks pass visual inspection and hydro, both Pacific Wilderness and Dive N Surf told me to never bring my tanks back in their shop again.

    Of course, Sports Chalet and Sea D Sea told me the same thing and both are out of business.

    As a matter of fact, I had to rent tanks when I went on my last lobster boat.

    And that reminds me, I caught only one lobster this year, too – which is still more lobsters than 2015, so I guess it’s not all bad.

    I have also put a deposit down on one of the most insane SCUBA diving trips by rational standards.

    This trip isn’t until July of 2017, but if you thought my diving trip to Albania was crazy, this next trip may just top it.

    Also in the news, Fukushima radiation has been detected on U.S. West Coast.

    Now, I don’t even go through the porno-scanners at the airport, opting for the metal detectors or a gate massage, so I will have to buy and bring a Geiger Counter and check radiation levels along with other diving conditions before I go in.

    Sorry for being a stranger, but I wish everyone a great and prosperous 2017 – unless you’re a terrorist or a Communist.

    One thing is for sure – 2017 will be a very interesting year.

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