Tourists Kidnapped June 6, 2001
Diving in waters where Muslim
extremists roam is still a dice roll, as we learn from events in the
Philippines in early May. A year ago, Philippine extremists stormed
the Malaysian divers' island of Sipadan, taking 20 hostages back to
the Philippines for ransom. Now they've hit another resort, this one
in the Philippines, where one day at dawn they stormed Dos Palmas Island
Resort at Honda Bay in Palawan Province, 375 miles southwest of Manila.
Three of the hostages were American, one was a scuba diver.
to See Your Shark Footage on the Telly?
June 6, 2001
The British Broadcasting
Corporation (BBC) is looking for video footage capturing unique or exciting
shark behavior from amateur photographers. They'll pay for it if you
make the cut. Contact Justin Anderson: Telephone: +44 (0) 117 9746629
/ Fax: +44 (0) 117 9238867 / e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or send your vhs tapes to: Justin Anderson, Researcher, Wild Battlefields,
Shark City, Room 33 7-9 TPR, BBC Broadcasting House, Whiteladies Road,
Bristol, UK BS8 2LR. He says, "We will endeavor to return any tapes
sent, provided you pass on your full address details." They're especially
interested in grey reef sharks, tigers , black tips, whale sharks, wobbegongs,
hammerheads, silvertips, whitetips, bronze whalers, epaulette sharks
... and even green and loggerhead turtles
Can Call Me Ray, You Can Call Me Jay, But Don't Call Me a Jewfish
June 6, 2001
No sir, scientists have
formally changed the name to Goliath Grouper, for reasons that ought
to be obvious to you. If you want to know the full story, go to: www.edmontonjournal.com/stories1/010526/5059122.html.
Blasts Whales June 6, 2001
Bob Platt tells us that "The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
is considering granting a permit to the Navy to 'take' (a legal term
or art meaning kill, maim, etc.)protected marine mammals using its Low
Frequency Active Sonar (LFAS) -- a very loud sonar. Here in Kona (where
testing occurred) we feel the Environmental Impact Study does not reflect
the change in whale behavior that people here saw. As a result, we have
a letter writing campaign to Congress and NMFS in progress. In addition,
there are several reports worldwide of whale strandings related to LFAS.
The Navy for its part, considers LFAS critical for detecting super quiet
submarines and wants to deploy LFAS on four ships this year. The National
Marine Fisheries Service permit is the last step required by law. The
UK I understand, also plans to deploy in 2004." A web search will lead
you to lots of references, for example: www.nrdc.org/wildlife/marine/nlfa.asp
or send a letter
to NMFS at www.nrdcaction.org/index.asp?step=2&item=377
or write directly to:
Donna Wieting, ChiefMarine
Mammal Conservation Division
National Marine Fisheries Service
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226.
Bargains June 6, 2001
correspondent Jose Kirchner tells of good air deals to Australia through
the end of September. The flights can be booked directly through QANTAS.
But, QANTAS only gives 70 percent of miles in economy for discount fares.
One can also book the same flight as American, British or USAir and
get 100 percent miles.
a Picture, Win a Prize June 6, 2001
The 39th Annual International
Underwater Photographic Competition, sponsored by the LA Underwater
Photographic Society, is accepting entries in 14 print, slide and video
categories. The deadline is October 20, 2001. Last year's event received
1,244 entries from 19 countries and 26 states. While the prizes are
not yet firm, Best of Show and First Place Awards have included freebies
on Fiji's Naia, Bilikiki in the Solomon Islands, Sipidan Water Village
Resort, Peter Hughes and Aggressor Crafts, and PNG's MV Chertan. Additional
prizes have come from Cochran, Harvey's, DAN, SubAquatic Camera Repair,
Submersible Systems, and Pelican. Entry forms and information are available
or write to LAUPS: P.O. Box 2401, Culver City, CA 90231.
of Coral June 6, 2001
Here's a new way to rip off
reefs, which came to us in an e-mail: "Disease
cannot live in an alkaline body so raise your pH with coral calcium.
We cannot claim what coral can help the body cure. For more information,
do a search on coral calcium. It is coral added to your drinking water.
The pH of the water increases, the water becomes anti-oxidized and your
naturally needed minerals are restored to the water." The offer
comes from the "Christian Brothers" in New York, which is selling 200gm
containers for $98. "Christian
Brothers also has coral powder to help the body heal from bone density
loss." Just as phony as shark cartilage to cure cancer, no doubt,
so the Christian Brothers aren't behaving very Christian-like.