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    Dean Owen

    18/07/2016
    An Interview with a Turtle
    An Interview with a TurtleShe collapsed on the bed, exhausted from the morning dive. For someone who literally could not swim a few weeks earlier, I was pretty damn impressed to have gotten her diving in open waters. “You take it easy babe, we can do Manta Point...
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    Dean Owen
    30/07/2016 #32 Dean Owen
    #31 Thank you Lisa, I do not worry so much about Sea Turtles now as we have seen a huge recovery, but it is fragile. Another El Nino could cause coral bleaching once again from the Maldives to the Great Barrier Reef, and that would be, once again disastrous for the Green Sea Turtle. If you enjoyed this one, when you have time, do read the Tiger one!
    Lisa Gallagher
    30/07/2016 #31 Lisa Gallagher
    What a great buzz @Dean Owen!! A love story with your 'girl' and your sea gal!! You can take something serious and make it so amazing by your story telling. Sea turtles are a protected species in the Outer Banks of North Carolina too. I love watching videos when their hatched eggs break open and baby turtles need to move quickly to get out to sea before they are eaten by predators. Today, so many are helping them to get to sea so they aren't on the endangered species list.
    Dean Owen
    28/07/2016 #30 Dean Owen
    #29 Thanks Mamen, these two posts are quite special to me and I hope the beginning of a series on endangered species.
    Mamen Delgado
    28/07/2016 #29 Mamen Delgado
    Woow @Dean Owen, love it love it, all of it!!! I feel really touched by your story with your girlfriend, one year later. "She" is very very pretty!! Love the videos, the story, the links to WWF, love you my dear friend... This buzz is very emotional for me... 💖 Thanks...
    Pamela L. Williams
    28/07/2016 #28 Pamela L. Williams
    #27 Hug that tree my friend, you'll get no flack from me!
    Dean Owen
    28/07/2016 #27 Dean Owen
    #26 It is great to see such passion as can be seen by the popularity of the reality TV series Whale Wars. Some may not agree with the radical tactics employed by Captain Paul Watson and his team, but something needed to be done to protect our precious marine ecosystem, and I, for one, rally behind Sea Shepherd even in their fight against my native Japan. Call me a tree hugger if you will, but I want my children, and my childrens children, to live in a world where humpback whales, orangutans, sea turtles, Bengal tigers are not a history lesson on how we, as a species, have failed. The BP Deep Water Horizon spill was an epic environmental disaster (blame the Brits), but bigger picture, it starts with educating the young. Much appreciated @Pamela L. Williams
    Pamela L. Williams
    27/07/2016 #26 Pamela L. Williams
    Such a wonderful story Dean. I once wrote (for a class) a response letter to NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) about dead sea turtles being washed ashore along the Gulf coast. They were blaming it on drowning by shrimper nets but after conducting weeks of research and looking at the timeline for the sudden increase in deaths I came to the conclusion that their food supplies were tainted by the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill. Turtles eat from the ocean floor and also eat other bottom feeders. After a hurricane post DWH the beaches were awash with tar balls that were stirred up from the ocean floor. It was the only contributing factor that I could find that could suddenly cause such a drastic increase in deaths ( a dozen or so a year to hundreds a year). They hadn't performed a necropsy (an animal autopsy) on the turtles due to decomposition but had they I am sure they would have found carbon waste in their systems. I lived in Florida and protecting the turtles that came to the East coast beaches to lay their eggs was huge amongst the residents and interference with the turtles could easily get a tourist in a confrontation with a resident!
    Ken Boddie
    20/07/2016 #24 Ken Boddie
    #23 Certainly there are quite a few beaches in Oz, Dean-san, where turtles come to lay eggs on their annual treck ashore, but not close too Brisbane, as far as I am aware. Perhaps the sharks or the crocks ate them? 🐢
    Dean Owen
    19/07/2016 #23 Dean Owen
    #22 You have sea turtles on your doorstep don't you @Ken Boddie? Mon Repos, Ningaloo Reef, Bare Sand Island, and of course the Great Barrier Reef....
    Ken Boddie
    19/07/2016 #22 Ken Boddie
    So, Dean-san, tampering with a turtle in tepid temperatures? Sounds terribly tempting. 🤔
    Dean Owen
    19/07/2016 #21 Dean Owen
    #19 It is funny you mention the Costa Rican Sea Turtles. I have been considering the http://www.globalteer.org/volunteer-projects.aspx?project=costa-rica-sea-turtle-conservation volunteer program if I can squeeze in some time. Thanks for reading @Elena Tchijov View more
    #19 It is funny you mention the Costa Rican Sea Turtles. I have been considering the http://www.globalteer.org/volunteer-projects.aspx?project=costa-rica-sea-turtle-conservation volunteer program if I can squeeze in some time. Thanks for reading @Elena Tchijov, glad you enjoyed it. Close
    Joanna Hofman
    18/07/2016 #20 Joanna Hofman
    Fantastic story- I catched my attention from first lines. Marvelous pictures and video. Congrats!
    Elena Tchijov
    18/07/2016 #19 Elena Tchijov
    Awesome story! Enjoyed reading it. I spent last summer in Costa Rica where turtles are subjects of horrible abuse. Moreover, volunteers who were trying to protect them by patrolling the beaches were in danger of been seriously harmed too. Our world is becoming such a sad place. Hence, it is good to know that there are still responsible humans around who understand and distinguish right from wrong.
    Dean Owen
    18/07/2016 #18 Dean Owen
    #17 Ohh yes, the Puffer fish at night, when the instructor shines his torch into the body like an Olympic flame. Horrific! As you know, I have yet to see the whalesharks so please don't mention them! :)
    Catalina Serrano
    18/07/2016 #17 Catalina Serrano
    #15 Napoleon fish, Puffer fish, turtles, whale sharks,... everything! People, Especially new divers, looks like nobody is respecting the marine life. I can tell you I got angry many times about it. Glad we think alike!
    Amour Setter
    18/07/2016 #16 Amour Setter
    What a delightful experience!!!! The connection sounds​ incredible.
    Dean Owen
    18/07/2016 #15 Dean Owen
    #14 That is a great rule @Catalina Serrano, but often ignored, especially when group of divers encounter a Napoleon fish!
    Catalina Serrano
    18/07/2016 #14 Catalina Serrano
    How a beautiful feeling to meet the same turtle after one year! I love your stories @Dean Owen!
    Also, as a diving instructor, my first rule is not to hound any of the marine species, we are the strangers in their habitat, so, just look!
    Dean Owen
    18/07/2016 #13 Dean Owen
    #12 You know in all my time in social media, that was the first time I have actually laughed out loud! black Jeep lol. funny....
    Kevin Pashuk
    18/07/2016 #12 Kevin Pashuk
    #10 @Ken Boddie is definitely a kindred spirit @Dean Owen. But my best joke (IMO) came out this morning.... and you being a 'car' person might appreciate this. My wife's sister is visiting. They drive a white Ford Expedition. My wife's car is a white Ford Edge. I drive a very dark Jeep Cherokee. My brother in law looked out at the driveway and declared that it seemed like everyone drove a white Ford, to which I replied "Not me!" (wait for it...) "I'm the black Jeep of the family!" Cue muted trumpet... Wah, Wah, wahhhhhh.
  2. Pamela L. Williams
    Is a picture really worth harming coral reefs? Keep them health for future generations. Interesting blog by diving instructor Liko.
    Pamela L. Williams
    Fight, or die!
    www.lifendive.com
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    Zack Thorn
    12/05/2016 #7 Zack Thorn
    #6 Too funny ! Most of my family are Okie's, yet I was born in San Diego and lived there till I turned 6. Always felt I was meant to be a surfer too.
    Pamela L. Williams
    12/05/2016 #6 Pamela L. Williams
    Sorry @Zack Thorn, this was in California, but my family does originate from the hills of Tennessee :-)#5
    Zack Thorn
    12/05/2016 #5 Zack Thorn
    #4 You sure you weren't raised by hillbilly's in Oklahoma too? lol.. Sounds all too familiar from here. We used to swim in some snake infested, abandoned strip mines. Dive off of cliffs and bridges to hit a deep spot plenty deep but only about as big as a bathtub. Plenty of bumps, scratches and scrapes to go around, but we all survived anyway.
    Pamela L. Williams
    11/05/2016 #4 Pamela L. Williams
    Funny thing was, I was on a swim team as well, after the experience. Pools I have no problem with, its dark waters. I was basically swimming in a mud hole :-) An excavation that was abandoned and eventually filled with water. It was U shaped and the center of the U collapsed while we were swimming and created an undertow. If a friend of my sister's hadn't spotted me and come after me with a raft I wouldn't be here today. I was not the only one that got caught, but I was the last one spotted because I was on the shallower end of the U, but deep enough to drown an 8 year old. The water was clear until the collapse and then it did truly become a mud hole. We weren't supposed to be there.#3
    Zack Thorn
    11/05/2016 #3 Zack Thorn
    #2 Sorry to hear of your experience @Pamela L. Williams. I nearly drown myself as a boy in a motel swimming pool. Foolish enough to think I could swim when I had zero experience, I dove into the deep end of a pool with no one else around. Fortunately a slightly older boy who could swim was nearby. He saw me in trouble and hurdled the low fence and without a second thought came to my rescue. Poor guy, I darned near drowned us both I was so panicked. Later, determined to overcome my fear I took lessons and ended up joining the Jr' High swim team. Smartest thing I've ever done. As a result I ended up an accomplished scuba diver and have been privileged to dive both sides of Mexico and most of the Carribean Islands and a few of the Hawaiian. The silent beauty and proliferation of life is phenomenal You don't have to go deep you know. You can even wear a life jacket and snorkel the shallows. The experience really is worth the effort to overcome your fears.
    Pamela L. Williams
    11/05/2016 #2 Pamela L. Williams
    Exactly @Zack Thorn, I will admit; I am not a diver. After a near drowning experience as a child I have a fear of deep water but one of the reasons I love documentaries of the ocean is because that is my way of diving. Our oceans depend on these coral reefs for health and survival of all life from land or water#1
    Zack Thorn
    11/05/2016 #1 Zack Thorn
    If you have dived the reefs off Cozumel in the 70's and again in the 2000's and seen the deterioration caused by the oceans changing climate alone? You'll respect the coral enough to only touch with your dive knife and never damage or take trophies.