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A Unique Hazard When Visiting Sulawesi. A local woman has been found dead on Muna Island inside the body of a 23-foot-long reticulated python, after being swallowed head-first. This species of snake is common in Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia, and they make good swimmers, so if you come across one diving there, be careful. They are constrictors, which suffocate their prey by wrapping themselves around it.

The Oldest Are Getting Older. Ray Woolley, a British diver living in Cyprus, got into the Guinness Book of Records last year for being the oldest active scuba diver at 94, when he dived the deep wreck of the MV Zenobia . This year, Woolley has become the subject of an award-winning documentary titled Life Begins at 90. The WWII veteran and ex-Royal Navy Special Forces officer is now 95 and still diving.

Say What? Deeper Blue just issued a blog post that names the "Top 5 Scuba Diving NonFiction Novels" [sic], listing such diving classics as Shadow Divers by Robert Curson, and Deep Descent, Adventure and Death: Diving the Andrea Doria by Kevin F. McMurray. Problem is, all five books listed are entirely true stories, and I doubt the authors take kindly to having their research called fiction, which, as my seventh-grade English teacher taught me, is just what a novel is....

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