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Last updated July 17, 2001

Cayman Airways Grounded
Two Tanks, then 18 Holes on Cozumel
Shark Feeding on National Public Radio
Shipwreck Photos Down Under
Wakatobi Moves Closer
A Fascination for Fish: Adventures of Underwater Pioneer

Cayman Airways Grounded July 17, 2001

On July 11, Cayman Airways grounded its fleet of three planes, after two recently had to turn around after takeoff due to engine problems. They hope to maintain their schedule with leased planes, but divers are reporting all sorts of delays. If you’re headed to the Caymans, expect disruptions. The problem began on a July 4 flight from Cayman Brac to Grand Cayman. The plane was aborted on the runway because parts of an engine began breaking off onto the tarmac. On July 7, the pilot of another plane decided to return to Grand Cayman 20 minutes into a flight to Houston due to engine trouble. After the airlines stopped operation, the vice president for maintenance and engineering resigned. Officials called a press conference to deny that the airline would fold. However, when chairwoman Sheridan Brooks-Hurst was asked whether the airline was facing ‘crunch time,’ she said for as long as she can remember, “Cayman Airways has always been experiencing crunch time.” The upshot for divers: if you book and pay for tickets from Cayman Airways in advance, sounds like your money and your travel might be at risk.

Late breaking news (July 17): Now, a Planet Airway plane substituted by Cayman Airways for its' grounded craft, has too been grounded because of mechanical difficulties. A flight from Grand Cayman to Kingston, Jamaica was canceled Sunday and rescheduled for Monday. A flight from Grand Cayman to Miami was canceled Monday.

Two Tanks, then 18 Holes on Cozumel July 17, 2001

If you're a diver and a golfer, you might be pleased to know that the 18-hole Cozumel Country Club is open, with a special fee -- $85 -- aimed at golfers for twilight play. At earlier times, it’s $100. The club is across from the Paradisus Cozumel and El Cozumeleno Beach Resort. For further information, call 713-849-2174 or 786-242-0136, or visit

Shark Feeding on National Public Radio July 17, 2001

NPR covered the controversy on July 10. You can hear the seven-minute report by clicking on 14.4. or 28.8 under the heading: “Feeding the Sharks

Shipwreck Photos Down Under July 17, 2001

The Australian Government is looking to pay for good photos of shipwrecks that lie off the Australian Coast. If you have such images contact Sharon Phillips, Australian Heritage Commission, Tel: 61 2 6274 2170, Fax: 61 2 6274 2090, e-mail:

Wakatobi moves closer July 17, 2001

The long-awaited Wakatobi airstrip in Indonesia successfully opened July 10. Since plenty of divers found the day and a half to get there from Bali worth the hassle, imagine how worthwhile it must be now! The resort claims to have improved the quality of water for showering and equipment rinsing with a new supply and filtration. And, they’re considering a “small-capacity, high-quality live-aboard around the islands beginning later this year.” If you're interested, e-mail: and find more about the airport at

A Fascination for Fish: Adventures of an Underwater Pioneer (University of California Press/Monterey Bay Aquarium, 2001) July 17, 2001

Here’s a new book with a slant on the underwater world like no other: the adventures of a marine biologist in search of critters to populate the tanks of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Marine World of the Pacific, and other scientific displays. The author, David Powell, began his collecting career when at five years old, after going fishing for the first time, he brought home a fish he caught and slept with it under his pillow. His career culminated by serving as curator of the Monterey Bay Aquarium for nearly 20 years.

When Powell started diving, he used longjohns to keep warm. He made his first underwater light from a used sealed beam automobile headlight connected to a surface battery for power. No depth gauge; no BCD; no submersible pressure gauge. Powell describes how public aquariums set up displays, collect the animals, bring them home, and how they keep them alive and display them. Yet the best part is his description of the many journeys he takes to dive and collect fish, up and down the coast of California and Mexico, hunting the Coelacanth in Africa, searching for flashlight fish with John McCosker and joining Sylvia Earle in a critter search. Indeed a delightful read.

Order the book by clicking on this link. And while you're at it, don't miss reading: The Last Dive: A Father and Son's Fatal Descent Into the Ocean's Depths, which we review online. Profits from the sale of any book purchased through our website or this email are donated to the Coral Reef Alliance, working to keep our reefs alive and well.

-- Ben Davison, publisher

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