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Palau Siren Grounds and Floods, 09/2015

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Many liveaboards cruise the Asia-Pacific, but it seems to be the Siren fleet that has the most dramatic mishaps there -- and the most damaged or sunk vessels of any liveaboard fleet, period. Take its latest victim, the Palau Siren. While anchored in Wonder Channel on the evening of August 3, it struck a reef due to rough seas, and was severely flooded. That's five disasters for the Siren Fleet's eight boats in the past six years -- what's going on? ....  Read more >


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Grenadines Dive and Jean-Michel Cousteau Dive Center: a winner and a no-show
DAN's drone for solo divers
Ocean white-tips in the Bahamas, a nasty tub in Micronesia
A cocky diver and a fatal attempt at a world record
A sunscreen that actually may be marine-friendly
Is GoPro good as a still camera?
Chest pain in older divers
Palau Siren grounds and floods
Florida lawbreaker feeds sharks just because he likes it
The physical, mental and financial anguish of a lionfish sting
Flotsam & Jetsam
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