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Updated February 16, 2007
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The Underwater Photographer
Eating Like a Diver
Another Free Diving Hazard
In the February issue

The Underwater Photographer:  February 16, 2007

This is the great new third edition of Martin Edge's classic book on digital and traditional techniques. While providing the basics for beginning photographers, his digital chapters will help the skilled underwater shooter better use his LCD screen and read histograms, figure out exposure mode, and solve metering TTL issues. Alongside hundreds of his own photos, he explains his technique and mechanics. 392 pages softbound. Order at and all profits go to save coral reefs.

Eating Like a Diver.  February 16, 2007

You want to protect the ocean, for sure, so if you're a fish eater you need to avoid a whole range of fish that will be goners if we keep consuming them. On the list are favorites like monk fish, orange roughy, Chilean seabass, grouper, imported swordfish, and that's just for starters. Worldwatch Institute has lists of what fish you should neither buy nor order at a restaurant, and you can download a list for your region of the country at

Another Free Diving Hazard.  February 16, 2007

A man doing a little winter free diving in Smith River, near Reedsport, Oregon, was shot in the head by another man who said he mistook the snorkeler for a nutria, a large, water-dwelling rodent. The shooter, William Roderick, was charged with assault, and the snorkeler remains in serious condition at Portland Hospital; . Roderick said he grabbed a rifle and shot at the rodent from a deck overlooking the water, but when he realized he had shot a man, he helped pulled him from the water.

In the February issue, in the mail, we covered:  February 16, 2007

  • North Sulawesi Aggressor, Indonesia
  • Infection Warning for Divers
  • Kids Sea Camp, Curacao
  • When Do You Need Dive Travel Insurance, and When You Don't (available FREE online) **
  • Halcyon Recalls Explorer-40 Bcs
  • The Worst Job in the Diving World
  • Why Divers Die, Part III
  • CDs: The Ideal Surface-Detection Aid?
  • Recent Cases of Divers Lost and Adrift.
  • LEDs Light Review
  • Where to snorkel with an elephant; changes in Caribbean air lines;
  • Little Cayman mooring issues; diver and fisherman conflict;
  • a scuba diving bank robber sentences to prison and much, much more.

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