Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
For those of you that get the newsletter it will be out this weekend....with a new sale! Keep your eyes out for it.
I hope you all had/have a great Halloween.....
Monday, October 15, 2007
Don't forget we do have several Halloween themed scuba diving designs! You can wear a Underwater Pumpkin Carver T Shirt for Halloween this year!
Friday, October 12, 2007
No matter your political preference, you have to admit that Al Gore has been devoted to the environment for much of his political career. After not winning his bid for the white house, he once again turned to help the environment and his Nobel Peace Prize is a result of his tireless effort to bring knowledge about our planet to the planet.
Monday, October 1, 2007
I was reading my Oct 2007 edition of Kiplinger's (The Green Issue) last night and there is an article about Charities That Deserve Your Dollar (p76), that mentions Oceana. I have been very impressed with Oceana my self and now to see that a respectable magazine like Kipplinger's has listed it as a Charity that deserves my dollars, make me feel that every dollar that I have given Oceana was worth while!
In the article they talk about Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org). Charity Navigator listed Oceana as a 4 Star rated organization.
To see the Kiplinger's The Green Issue go here.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
The first day the good old Lake Michigan was just too rough for our boat to head over to the Islands for our diving, so we did a shore dive in the Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve (proposed) on the Elmwood. The Elmwood was a great shipwreck. I took my camera and I do have pictures (I will upload later) I also took some video with my camera and I posted it on YouTube. After that dive we dove in front of our resort, pretty flat and a long way to the drop off, and with the lake being so rough it was a difficult entry!
On Sunday, we had much better luck with the weather, and we boarded our boat for South Manitou Island. The first wreck we dove was, the Franciso Morazan (and of course the Walter L. Frost). Unfortunately we did not swim over to the Frost as my dive buddy was having a lot of trouble with his mask, so we headed back to the boat to fix it.
Our second dive on Sunday was the Three Brothers. That was a great dive! I did not take my camera on the dives on Sunday...and I wish had, but the space as very limited on the boat and I was afraid the camera could get damaged.
Here is the video from the Elmwood:
Friday, September 21, 2007
I am off for a weekend dive trip! I blogged about this earlier...I am going to the Manitou Passage Underwater Preserve. I will be leaving in a few hours... So I better get packing.
BTW. I am bringing my new underwater camera setup so that I have some real world practice before going on my Palau trip...so hopefully there will be some pictures worth showing.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Our 2008 Calendars are finally here!
Coral Reef Fish 20008 Calendar- beautiful pictures of coral reef fish- just like scuba diving there!
Shark Fact 2008 Calendar- great Shark pictures and amazing shark facts to wow you! Every fin fan will love this calendar!
Our newest design- Underwater - John Keats! I am sure many of us scuba divers have thought what John Keats wrote. Now you can wear it!
Friday, August 31, 2007
This past Wednesday night dive- I was unable to dive the last "Wednesday Night Dive" that our dive shop- SASS -sponsors. I was bummed, but a mild cold will do that to ya! I still went to enjoy my friends and have some hot dogs!
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
SHARKWATER - In US theaters this fall and Now playing in Canadian theatres
Monday, August 13, 2007
Ever hear of a Scuba Diving Dino? Now you can get your own dinosaur in scuba gear on a dive!
We even have a special sale for our newsletter subscribers and readers of this blog...check it out. The sale is only good until Friday the 17th, 2007. Act quickly!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
-Rockaway- 107' schooner that was lost on Nov 19th 1891. The wreck is pretty broken up but it was a great dive...water temp at depth was about 57degrees F. The vis was about 50'. It was a fun dive!
-Verano- 92' yacht, lost in 1946. The wreck is very broken up with pieces scattered about. The water temp was comfortable, but the Vis really droped down to 20', as the current was pretty strong there, which made it difficult to see the scattered pieces.
I can't wait until my dive trip in Sept to the Manitou Passage Preserve.
UPDATE- After reinstalling my computer this weekend I had to delay the new design. A new design will be launched on Monday....stay tuned. Check it out at www.seasquirrelproductions.net
Thursday, August 9, 2007
You know how much your house is worth, your savings and investments … but how much is a healthy ocean worth?
Oceana wants to know how divers value ocean resources, so we’re asking you to fill out a short online survey. It only takes about 10 minutes, and it’s completely voluntary and confidential. At the end of the survey, participants will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for a free “Save Sea Turtles” T-shirt. The survey will not only support our work protecting the oceans, it’s also for the master’s thesis of one of our interns and a much-needed contribution to academic research in environmental economics.
Take the survey and tell us what the ocean is worth to you.
Take the Survey! I did!
We were doing a treasure hunt in Gull Lake at Ross Township. Ian and I won the treasure ( that was the fun part!)
The thing that was so trying is that, Ian and I got separated in the great soup that Gull lake can become, while getting tangled in our dive flag line at the surface! Ian was about an arms length to my right, I was leading the dive. I saw the motorcycle on my left and started to head toward it (thinking they may have planted the treasure near by) while Ian saw and orange object that could have been the lift bag to his right and tried to get my attention but I was already out of sight. He found the treasure that inflated the lift bag and headed to the surface. I circled the motorcycle and then saw the phone booth and looked quickly by it and then noticed that Ian was not around...I headed back to the spot where I last saw Ian, did not see him so I started to surface...since I could always find him (he has the dive flag). Ian was on the surface with the treasure, the lift bag partly inflated and he seemed to be struggling, then I noticed that he had the line for the flag all wrapped around him self and the treasure. I took the treasure from him we fully inflated the lift bag, so he could untangle him self, which he did but the line became in tangled in my 1st stage and then my fins. Ian took the treasure from me and I started to untangle my self while Ian swam away from me so he would not get tangled again.
Now I know we could have cut the line (yes we had our dive knives) but I never felt like we were in any danger but it was tiring trying to untangle the line as it tangled in something else (we had about 50 feet of line out). Not to mention that it was HOT and MUGGY out, being in the water with our 7mil wetsuit we were still sweating...all in all it was still a good dive (how could it not be when you got treasure).
I will be uploading some new designs at Sea Squirrel Productions. www.seasquirrelproductions.net
Friday, August 3, 2007
Ask your senators and member of congress to protect sharks!
Sharks have survived for hundreds of millions of years, but now they have finally met their match: humans. Popular media have portrayed sharks as vicious predators, but we are the much greater threat to sharks. Humans kill over 100 million sharks each year. In contrast, sharks kill an average of five people per year, throughout the entire world. This means that people are statistically more likely to be killed by a falling coconut than they are by a shark bite. Shark populations all over the world are in trouble and the consequences could be disastrous for the world's oceans.
>> TAKE ACTION: Ask your senators and member of congress to protect sharks!
Fishing activity has nearly eliminated sharks worldwide, depleting their populations by 90 percent in only the last 50 to 100 years. Destructive fishing practices pose a danger to sharks so great that many may soon become functionally extinct, possibly changing the entire marine ecosystem as we know it.Sharks are at the top of the ocean food chain and maintain order in the underwater realm by helping to control populations of other marine species. Remove sharks from the equation, though, and what's left is an entire ecosystem out of whack.Most sharks are slow growing, late maturing, long lived and give birth to few young, so they are extremely vulnerable to overexploitation from fishing.Take action today by asking your senators and member of congress to help protect sharks. In addition, please send a letter to your local newspaper expressing your concern about the rapid depletion of sharks from our oceans. Without a voice of their own, if we don’t speak up for sharks, who will?
Thursday, August 2, 2007
For those that care...yes we did lose the overall rounds..3 rounds played. I had a tough time...the compass on the Smartcom sucks! It easly sticks and you think your going in the right direction only to find out that the card stuck because you did not hold it at the very specific angle and your way off course! I think I am going to have to get a different compass!
Monday, July 30, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Pike lake was OK, but I saw for the first time some pretty large freshwater clams...about the size of a hand! So awesome....
Then we had a cookout...what could be better?
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Now I know that my cat likes to splash water on his face...and yes he puts his paws in water...but I don't think he would dare get in the water....
Here is a link to a discussion about this on scubaboard.com http://www.scubaboard.com/showthread.php?t=194839
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
I hope you "took action" as I did with my post yesterday....Well, yesterday being World Ocean Day it inspired me to design a few new designs...4 to be exact...yep 4!
Granted 2 of them are for my new maternity line...but the rest you will just have to see for your self......
Friday, June 8, 2007
June 8th is World Ocean Day—it is a day for each of us to celebrate our relationship with the ocean. The ocean provides us with food, a prosperous economy and inspiration for all who come near it. But, the effects of global climate change are steadily taking their toll on the health of the ocean.
The ocean and coast are expected to be heavily impacted by climate change. Increased ocean warming, acidification, rising sea levels, and unprecedented changes to the distribution and abundance of fish and wildlife are among some of the feared results. These results will only intensify over time—unless we stand together and do something about it.
https://secure2.convio.net/toc/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=369Global climate change is caused by the increase in carbon dioxide and other greenhouses gases collecting in the atmosphere like a thickening blanket, trapping the sun's heat and causing the planet to warm up.Photo: NASAWhile the ocean is at great risk from climate change, it has long defended against warming. The ocean has absorbed more carbon dioxide than all the forests on the planet combined, but there are limits to how much more it can absorb. And, the ocean pays a price—carbon dioxide absorption is producing ocean acidification with potentially devastating consequences for coral reefs, shellfish and ocean productivity.
We must work together to lead the world to stop climate change and save the ocean. Reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions is the single best step we can take to protect the health of the ocean and the planet.
The good news is that the public recognizes climate change as the biggest environmental challenge of our generation. And, the world’s leading scientists and policy experts have proposed practical, cost effective solutions. Governors and mayors have even implemented solutions close to home.
The bad news comes at the national level, where the President and Congress have not demonstrated comparable will or leadership. Our children get it. The media gets it. Our governors, mayors, scientists and military leaders get it. But, will Washington get it?
It is time for us to speak up on World Ocean Day and demand that Washington show leadership in the fight against global climate change. We need their leadership now, more than ever. Please take action today and urge your Representatives in Congress to support legislation that would curb carbon dioxide emissions and create a comprehensive national framework to address the impacts of global climate change.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
I took action and you should too! It is very easy to do....
Sunday, April 8, 2007
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Truth. The saddest thing I heard was that "President" Bush wants more research before any action. I really hate to say this but...how much more "research" does he need? I think that the world could be coming to an end and he would do no action! It is about time for him to leave the white house...he has been nothing but a disgrace to the office! I am glad that the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA had to do something about the gas mileage of cars!