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Flotsam & Jetsam

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A Driftnet in Sipadan. Named by Cousteau as one of the world's best dive sites, Malaysia's only truly oceanic island, Sipadan, has been strictly controlled by authorities to limit the number of divers. Sadly, on September 24, divers discovered a 1000-foot-long driftnet draped across the coral walls, from Barracuda Point to the Hanging Gardens. Eighteen different species had been trapped and died. Sabah Park rangers arrested a man who arrived in a local boat and admitted owning the net. Twenty-five volunteer divers registered with Sabah Parks worked overnight to remove the net.

Grey Sharks in the Caribbean? Subscribers who post reports sometimes call Caribbean sharks "gray sharks," which is what one of our writers recently did when describing a sighting on a Cayman trip. Long-time Undercurrent member Lee Jones (San Leandro, CA) points out that the Caribbean guys in the gray suits are certainly Caribbean reef sharks and that grey (the accepted British/Aussie spelling) reef sharks are endemic to the Indo-Pacific region. We could say our writer was referring to the color, but that could mean he may have seen a mako, a bull shark, or even a great white shark. We don't think so....


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