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  1. HalcyonDaze

    Scubapro/Uwatec computer error codes

    Trying to figure out if my Aladin Prime is borked. Dropped it off the boat today in about 30 ft of water without seeing it happen, luckily managed to remember about when it happened, fortunately it was right about when we were making a turn to pick up a crab pot buoy and the nav tracker recorded...
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    Oceanic Whitetip Attack on Whale Tour Snorkeler - Moorea

    I was talking to the tour guide for my Moorea trip last month and she mentioned this incident. Having encountered one juvenile male whitetip at the FAD buoy between Tahiti and Moorea on my trip, I can attest that they definitely demand a watchful eye and a healthy respect for their capabilities...
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    Well that was stupid ... complacency strikes

    It's funny since I got out of it, but this really, really, really would have been an embarrassing way to check out on Dive # 700-something after a good 14 years. I've decided to post this to show that even an "experienced" diver can make a very basic mistake through sheer complacency. Some time...
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    Back on Dry Land, Not Out of Danger - Driving Tired After Diving

    I've been saying it for a while now - diving, even the baited dives I do with sharks, is a heck of a lot safer than being on the road. Well, last Saturday I almost proved my point. I very nearly killed myself and put others in mortal danger like a complete moron. I live in Miami, but do most...
  5. HalcyonDaze

    Keys Forecast Oct. 24-25

    So Sunday night I got a message from some friends who had planned a diving/Fantasy Fest weekend down in the Keys; one of their original group dropped out and left a spot that needed to be filled. Me being me, I jumped up and said yes before checking the weather for Friday and Saturday, which...
  6. HalcyonDaze

    Good Blog Posts on Sharks and Marine Conservation

    I'll admit a little bias here; Chris Lowe was one of my thesis committee advisors in grad school. He's going to be writing some posts for Planet Experts; two are up at present: Swimming with Sharks: An Interview with Dr. Chris Lowe - Planet Experts Learning How to Share With the Locals -...
  7. HalcyonDaze

    Florida Keys Coral Spawning 2014 - Suggestions?

    While I've had the privilege of catching some of our more spectacular annual events in South Florida - the goliath spawning, the lemon shark run - I've never actually gone out and done a night dive during the coral spawning in the Keys. That's coming up this month, correct? Anyone have...
  8. HalcyonDaze

    New Estimate of White Shark Numbers in the Northeast Pacific

    Figured I'd put this up for discussion and as an illustration of some of the pitfalls one has to avoid in marine science. PLOS ONE: A Re-Evaluation of the Size of the White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) Population off California, USA
  9. HalcyonDaze

    Narcosis AM Dive 4/26/14 - Report and Request for Pics/Video

    Yesterday I was out on Lemon Drop and Juno with the Narcosis; sadly my GoPro's card got corrupted and it looks like I lost all my footage. :( I'm hoping someone else on the Narcosis ​got video. The lively stuff was at Lemon Drop; as soon as we got down I saw a large lionfish and impaled it...
  10. HalcyonDaze

    Camera Adrift - Last Seen at the Tunnels, West Palm/Jupiter

    Captain Van of the Narcosis already put out a BOLO over the radio when this happened on Saturday, but I figured I'd back it up with a post on SB. My trusty old Canon Powershot A630 in a WP-DC8 housing slipped out of my grip while diving the Tunnels on Saturday, June 15th, and by the time I...