- Producer18/07/2016An 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...
Comments30/07/2016 #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!30/07/2016 #31 Lisa GallagherWhat 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.28/07/2016 #29 Mamen DelgadoWoow @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...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. Williams27/07/2016 #26 Pamela L. WilliamsSuch 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!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. Close18/07/2016 #19 Elena TchijovAwesome 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.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.
- 11/05/2016Is a picture really worth harming coral reefs? Keep them health for future generations. Interesting blog by diving instructor Liko.Fight, or die!www.lifendive.com
Comments12/05/2016 #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.11/05/2016 #4 Pamela L. WilliamsFunny 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.#311/05/2016 #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.11/05/2016 #2 Pamela L. WilliamsExactly @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