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Flotsam & Jetsam

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Cameron Diaz Was, Like, Almost Swallowed by a Grouper. Being a movie star doesn't mean you'll get special treatment by fish if you pet them. While on The Tonight Show last month, Diaz talked about how she decided to get up and close with a Goliath grouper during a Cozumel dive. "It was probably the size of a Volkswagen bug, He has these big old lips and someone said, 'Oh, you should pet him.' I'm rubbing its lip and I'm like, 'Oh my God, this is amazing!' I'm looking into its eyes, we're having this whole moment and all of a sudden, it inhaled and I go flying inside. I'm like inside this fish . . . The only thing that stopped me was literally my neck. And he spit me out, and I'm, like, rolling backwards. So that was really good times."

More Hollywood -Goes-Diving News. The sad tale of Gabe Watson, the American who pleaded guilty to the mansalughter of his wife, Tina, during a Great Barrier Reef dive, is being turned into a movie. The producers of Australian film Fatal Honeymoon promise to delve deep into Watson's psychology. Harvey Keitel will play Tina's father, Tommy Thomas, "whose determined pursuit of justice will be a focus of the movie." It's unclear whether the movie will follow Thomas' pursuit back to Alabama, where Watson was acquitted of murder in March.

Indonesian Liveaboard Corrections. In our April article "What to Do with Smoking Divers," one subscriber questioned whether the Philippine Siren had a smoking policy, or if crew followed it. Yes to both, says Worldwide Dive and Sail, the boat's owner. In a note to us, they wrote, "We would like to assuere guests that the Siren fleet does have a smoking policy, and concerns raised by guests will always be addressed immediately by our team." Regarding our March article on portable defibrillators, in which we questioned whether any Indonesian liveaboards have them, the Seven Seas spoke up that it indeed does have a portable defibrillator on board. So divers, your hearts and lungs are better protected from hazards.

Don't Mess Around in California Marine Reserves. State officials are cracking down on misbehaving divers. When Marbel Para, 30, admitted to illegally taking more than three times the daily limit of lobsters in Laguna Beach State Marine Reserve in March, he had to give up all his gear, serve a seven-day jail sentence, pay fines of more than $20,000 and promise to stay away from protected areas. The case was the first of kind prosecuted since a California law took effect on January 1 that established protected marine areas in the state.

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