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Old 07-28-2010, 08:23 AM
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Summer weather seems to be here finally bringing a fair amount of rain and little useable wind. Had to happen sooner or later. So, between short bouts of thermal winds on to other things, like diving. Headed down to the Keys for some wreck scooter free diving (may put together a video on that) and a quick reef dive with my good friend Capt. Slate at Atlantis Dive Shop.



Scootered into a grotto awash with minnows, and what should I see?





A lurker, belting out opera? Or, was he getting a dental job from a neon gobi?





Any guesses as to what this big fella is? PC or the original name will do. I can recall when these were pretty common down that way and docile as big dumb dogs. Then butthead poachers took them out along with the tame loups. Here's an idea, a poacher spearfishing contest!? That is with the poachers being taken for prizes. Seems fair.





Motoring out the far side of the cave and up





The obligatory Keys sunset, another great day!


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(A repost from the Photo of the Day from 2008)
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Old 08-01-2010, 01:25 PM
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FINALLY made it back out to the Tenneco platforms after almost 4 1/2 years. Big thanks to Goldcoast SCUBA Divers and their real active diver meetup group for arranging this long overdue trip!

We went out with Capt. Mark and Mateo on the Sea Experience II out of Bahia Mar in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. A great operation with friendly capable staff.



Capt. Mark cons the Sea Experience II while some of the Meetup group including Tom on the starboard with the rest of the guys aft, hang out on the way to the platforms.


We were concerned NAVY operations including ships from other nations in some "mysterious" maneuvers in the area might have barred our access to the platforms. Luck was with us though and operations in that particular area had been suspended for a while.



Time to hit the water. Shot only video with two GoPro HD cameras, one equiped with an Eyeofmine.com UW corrective flat port housing to improve image quality. This auto shot was done using the corrective port, some difference! So, did several still shot captures from some of the video clips. It looks like you need a lot of light and good viz. for such clear results with the corrective housing. All of the underwater shots are captures from the eyeofmine.com housed GoPro HD camera while the topside shots were from an ordinary GoPro HD housed camera.


Seas were very calm with building side shore thermal winds but the squalls building them were still far inland. Even better there was no current for the first dive and just a little for the second. The top of the platform we were tied to came up to around 60 ft. with the bottom at 110 ft.. Visibility was limited to where you really couldn't quite see the top of the tower from the surface. This complicates drops for scooter free diving. Got some useable video anyway.



John Blake of Scuba Outfitters had brought some diving student over from Naples to checkout the platform. Heading down.

Met Piotr all the way over from France with his family for holiday. He has been diving all over, it was fun to swap diving stories.


Running off the edge of the upper platform deck to drop over the side towards the bottom. Lots of life on the platforms, fish love the place.



Running across below decks. It is an interesting artificial reef and the only platform sunk off South Florida at present.



Here's a short cllp of a scooter free dive into the mid deck area of the platform. As always, you can get killed doing this so take proper training, use appropriate gear and procedures for scooter free diving. This was shot with the regular GoPro housing with out corrective port.




Here is another processed video showing descent, ascent and bottom traverse beneath the platform at 110 ft. on a breathhold dive.







Coming back up the side of the platform towards old Sol portrayed in classic GoPro underwater fashion.



Back to the dock. Looking forward to heading out on the Sea Experience again and hopefully one of these days catching the Tenneco Platforms in about 100 viz. in blue water for a reshoot!

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Old 08-02-2010, 02:08 PM
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Can't seem to get your camera mount to stay put? Why not try one of these?



It has been designed for special service by http://eyeofmine.com/ to mount a GoPro camera with their corrective flat port for underwater use. It is a shark dorsel fin camera mount!?

This is what EyeofMine.com has to say about it:

SHARKS!!
We designed a shark mount for Discovery Channel that goes on the top fin of a shark. The footage will be shown THIS SUNDAY on Shark Week at 10pm (pacific time). Name of the show is INTO THE SHARK BITE.
http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/shark-week/tv-shows.html

Shark fin POV footage is supposed to be around the 10 minute mark into the show. We have not seen the footage but expect it to be the first time ever seeing a shark's point of view in 1080p HD glory. Sometime in the near future an improved shark mount will go on a great white. Just looking for somebody to put it on. Any volunteers?



It actually starts at around 7:29 and you can see the complete video online at:
http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/shar...hark-bite.html


Just watching the free diver attempt to mount the thing on several sharks actively engaged in a spirited feeding behavior is almost more entertaining than the actual fin footage.



He managed to clamp the camera on to one.



The view from the sharks dorsel fin, running towards the videographer


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A video clip of a short drop scooter free diving on Theo's Wreck. Formerly known as the MV Logna, the vessel was sunk in 110 ft. of water on her side off Lucaya Beach and not so far from the dropoff. We were taken to the wreck and a lot of other interesting places by Grand Bahama Scuba, http://www.grandbahamascuba.com/





More about the wreck at: http://www.shipwreckexpo.com/tsgrand...shipwrecks.htm

As always, be sure to take proper training and use appropriate procedures and safeguards to try to improve the safety of scooter free diving. You can be seriously injured or killed doing this!




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Ever wonder what you might do if you fell in? World Champion free diver Herbert Nitsch shows us one option in this video. Herbert holds the current world record in No Limits discipline at the depth of 214 meters (~702 feet) per AIDA. They don't say if that was in some particularly deep plumbing or not.

"Herbert Nitsch was in Japan for the 2010 Freediving World Championship in Okinawa. He didn't take part though. Here's a little insight to how he was spending his time."


There are some interesting watch ads involving free diving. Now if they can wire in a digital Nipponese loo we'll have it all covered!
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Chuck Patterson of kiting, big wave and SUP fame posted some underwater shots from a recent standup session off San Diego, CA. Not sure if he had thrown marsh mellows on the water or not, some fish love them, but this is what showed up ...






Adds new meaning to the term "well fed."




Chuck says it was a young seven foot long great white swimming about 200 ft. off the beach. Looks like he has some GoPro wide angle distortion going there. Wouldn't it have been great if he had a corrective lens for these, we hope, rare shots?






Chuck after a live interview on CBS.



More photos at Chucks facebook page at:
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How to catch this one during particularly good visibility and above dry suit weather?









Still photos from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Oriskany_(CV-34)



http://deepdowndive.com/uss_oriskany_reef.htm


More about the artificial reef off the Panhandle at:
http://www.divemightyo.com/
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Some photos from a 211 m (692 ft.) rebreather dive in the Red Sea by Sasha Aquadao.

























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If you haven't hugged or kissed a deserving tiburon today (no tongue, lest you lose it!), here are some excerpts from Sharkwater ...

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" Book 'em Danno: Klepto Manta Mugs Cameraman
From: IntoTheDrinkTV | September 09, 2010 | 243,627 views

What began as another exhilarating manta ray night dive off Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on an August evening in 2010, quickly turned into the theft of the century. Cameraman Travis Matteson was capturing footage for the scuba diving travel television show "Into the Drink" aboard the Kona Aggressor II. Suddenly, one of the manta's giant wings hooked his light system, and darted off with the nearly $10,000 worth of photo gear. Underwater videographer Johnny Reidt caught the entire theft on camera, and the manta, carrying the stolen photo rig, captured some amazing footage of the nighttime reef. Remarkably, the camera rig was found completely intact after an eight-minute run by the manta, just yards from the dive boat. Case closed."

Thanks to Marc for telling me about this!
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