Tuesday, November 20, 2007

$15 off of $50 or more---

Receive $15 off of $50 or more at http://www.seasquirrelproductions.net/
valid November 20-27, 2007

Use Coupon code: FRFAM2007

Edited- because I forgot to include the coupon code--oppps!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Christmas Scuba Store Up.

Sea Squirrel Production's Christmas store is finally up. And the final 2 designs for the 2007 year have been posted. You will find the last two designs in the Holiday section under Christmas.

For those of you that get the newsletter it will be out this weekend....with a new sale! Keep your eyes out for it.

Halloween Night dive

I just got back from a great Halloween night dive! We had a blast! We dove Gull Lake-Prairieville Park. There was some great big bass and pike just hanging out...more than I have seen in that area in the past....just a great dive!
I hope you all had/have a great Halloween.....

Monday, October 15, 2007

Last Few Day for Flat rate shipping

Tomorrow (Oct 16th) is that last day for FlatRate Shipping to get your items in time for Halloween. Orders must be placed by 11:59PM EDT.



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!
www.seasquirrelproductions.net

Friday, October 12, 2007

Congrats to Al Gore

Congrats to Al Gore

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.
Congrats!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Great Job Oceana

Hurrah OCEANA
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

New designs at Sea Squirrel Productions

I posted 2 new designs at Sea Squirrel Productions. The first design is called Scuba Fish the second one is Underwater Pumpkin Carver. I also added a Halloween section. Come by and take a look www.seasquirrelproductions.net

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Photos from my Manitou trip!


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Originally uploaded by cjsherlock
Here is a sample of the photos that I took on my trip to Manitou. You can find more photos on my Flickr account. In 2 sets, one of the lodge an the other the diving photos. http://www.flickr.com/photos/csherlock/

Monday, September 24, 2007

Back from my Vacation

Hello, everyone! I am back from my trip to Manitou! I had a BLAST! We stayed in a resort called Jolli-Lodge, it was right on the shore of Lake Michigan and our cabin was right off of the beach with a great view of the Manitou islands!
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

Off for a Dive Trip!

Hello everyone, it has been while, busy at work and such...but I have great news!
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

New Designs at Sea Squirrel Productions

Sea Squirrel Productions Announces:
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

New Designs Coming Soon

New designs are coming soon to Sea Squirrel Productions! On Monday September 3rd -Yep Labor day, our newest designs will be available as well as our 2008 calendars! Stay tuned for more information.....

Been a Long Time!

I am sorry that it has been a long time since I have posted! I have had considerable computer problems. First my home office computer was not working properly after a storm. I ended up having to reformat and reinstall everything, then something happened when installing and had to repeat the process a week later as things still would not work. Now it is working fine. Then my personal computer got a nasty virus when I had not updated the antivirus subscription for about a month...then I had to uninstall the antivirus software as I was upgrading to a different maker, wham bamm, thank you Mame, the virus was all over the place...really screwed up the operating system. A wipe of the hard drive and a reinstall later, Vista is working better than before!

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

Special Sale-ending

Just wanted to remind folks that the special blog/newsletter sale is ending today!

Monday, August 13, 2007

New Design At Sea Squirrel

I have finally uploaded the new design!
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

Today's Dives and More

Today we did a trip on Lake Michigan to dive in the Southwest Michigan Underwater Preserve by the City of South Haven. This was my first "Great Lakes" trip, as I have dove mostly inland lakes. We dove 2 wrecks- the Rockaway and the Verano.
-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

Take The Oceana/Duke Dive Survey

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.

http://takeaction.oceana.org/images/centerimage_divequiz.jpg

Take the Survey! I did!


Dives and New Stuff

Yesterday was another Wednesday Night dive for the group I dive with...boy did I have fun...and it was also trying!
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).

BTW
I will be uploading some new designs at Sea Squirrel Productions. www.seasquirrelproductions.net

Friday, August 3, 2007

Action Alert- Tell Congress to Protect Our Sharks

The threat of shark extinction in a number of species is very real, and its consequences could be potentially disastrous to the world’s oceans.
Ask your senators and member of congress to protect sharks!
Take Action



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

Wed Night Dive

Yesterday was another wednesday night dive and was it fun! We played capture the flag at Eagle Lake in the Fort Custer Rec Area. The lake is pretty weedy and the vis is pretty bad.

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

Buy 3 T-Shirts, Get 1 Free Promotion

The Buy 3 T-Shirts, Get 1 Free promotion will be ending Wednesday, August 1 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

I hope you all had a chance to get some great t-shirts.....

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Were having a Sale!



Were having a sale! Check out the site for more information.

Friday, July 20, 2007

I found this funny video on YouTube....

I am not much of a YouTuber...but I ran across this funny video! Boy they have great moves....

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Wed Night Dive

We almost did not dive this past Wednesday night...there was a pretty strong storm front that moved into the area...but thankfully it moved out as quickly as it come in!

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

I am bad...very bad!

I talked about diving last week doing dive poker...I WON! I am sorry I did not share this earlier (work just gets in the way).

This week-weather permiting (storms in the area now) we are potlucking....

Would my cat like this?

The Worlds Only Scuba Diving Cat
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

Wed Night Dive

Tomorrow (Wednesday) the local dive shop that I dive with (Sub-Aquatic Sports) the wed night dive is at Ross Township Park on Gull Lake....we are having a Poker night. Can't wait... when we had the dive lotto I won! So hopefully I will win this time too.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

New Post-New Designs

I know, I know! It is amazing that I am posting again so soon!

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

World Ocean Day

I know it has been awhile since I have posted...been working alot and updating the website. I just havent had the time. But today is World Ocean Day and I wanted to make sure that I posted today! Here is an action alert that I recieved today...


Stop Climate Change and Save the Ocean


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

Wed Night Dives

Wednesday night dives started last week...but my gear is in for it's annual service.
Ofcorse I have tomorrow off but, the weather looks like it will be an ugly day :(
Hopefully, it will still be a great day to dive!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Server Probls at Cafepress-takes out some of my designs.

If anyone was trying to get to some of the items on my store Sea Squirrel Productions, you might have encountered some blank pages...Apparently Cafepress was having some server issues this past week and corrupted some files...and of course some of those files were mine...I re-uploaded the corrupted designs and everything should be working again....

Thursday, April 12, 2007

International Trade Endangers Sharks - Take Action to Help

International trade in sawfish, spiny dogfish and porbeagle sharks is endangering the future of these vulnerable species. Your help is needed to support sound proposals limiting their unsustainable trade.

I took action and you should too! It is very easy to do....

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Earth Day Special

I have decided to have an Earth Day Special at my store...Sea Squirrel Productions. The special--if you purchase my Earth Day design (Don't Dump) I will donate the markup to Oceana! The special runs from April 8th to May 8th 2007!

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Work

I got off of work recently...what a night...sometimes I wonder why do I subject myself to working extra.....

Environmental report

I heard yesterday that an international group of scientist released a report about global warming...which basically said what Al Gore was talking about in his movie...an Inconvenient
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!

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Welcome

This is my first post. As a diver and an earthling I am very concerned about our environment. I do believe that we can do things differently to make this a better place to live.