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Wow! 9 weeks have passed already.

Crabs—

What would the 4th of July be without a night at the beach, watching fireworks and eating crab around a fire? You know you’re from the seacoast if that’s how you spend the holiday.

The crab photo here was taken during a hunt at Key West, Florida. For those of you wondering, I let this one go. We’d already bagged our limit.

If you like eating crab but have never gone hunting at night, you’re really missing out on a fun time with family and friends.

Have a safe and happy 4th everybody, from Candi and Lola.

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Sailing—

I love being in and on water as much as being on land. My dad was in the Navy and owned a few boats, so I got to sail with him. One of our favorite songs was Sailing by Christopher Cross. When I think of my dad, I hear the song’s beautiful piano and its poignant words in my mind.

Well, it’s not far down to paradise, at least it’s not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquility
Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see
Believe me

It’s not far to never-never land, no reason to pretend
And if the wind is right you can find the joy of innocence again
Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see
Believe me

Sailing takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

Fantasy, it gets the best of me
When I’m sailing
All caught up in the reverie, every word is a symphony
Won’t you believe me?

Sailing takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

Well it’s not far back to sanity, at least it’s not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away and find serenity
Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see
Believe me

Sailing takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

Christopher Cross lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. “Sailing” lyrics provided for educational purposes and personal use only.

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Sharks Own the Oceans—

Today is Father’s Day. In memory of my dad, I dedicate today’s post to him. He was the first person to teach me how to dive. Although he died in a car accident because of a negligent driver, safety was always top priority to him, no matter where he was at or what he was doing.

He was also the first person to teach me about sharks. We spent many wonderful afternoons at aquariums and marine museums looking at sharks, both real and illustrated, and, in my case, learning all about them.

I have swum with many sharks, mostly bulls and sand sharks. And when you’re swimming in shallow water with reefs and sand below you, it’s inevitable that you’re going to end up swimming with them, big and small. These places are prime feeding spots for them. Just keep a cool head and leave them alone, no matter how close they get to you. I’ve seen divers touch them without anything happening. And I’ve seen divers who bear the scars and missing appendages of not being so lucky. Sharks own the oceans, not humans.

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Eels—

Eels are just eww, icky, ugly. And the Spotted White Moray Eel is no exception. If you see any eels during your dives, leave them alone. Though they are usually timid and hide, the morays are known to be aggressive. Their bites are far from lethal, but moray eels are toxic and their bites can be potentially dangerous if the wound becomes infected from their toxins. Plus, moray bites usually bleed heavily, which isn’t good for you if sharks are in the area.

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Porkfish

Porkfish are common reef fish. These beauties are distinguished by their bright yellow-gold striped bodies and two vertical bold black diagonal bands on their head. The bands on the head both hide the eyes and serve to disorient predators. Porkfish can often be found in a small group swimming with a larger school of fish. They are closely related to the burrito grunt found in the Pacific Ocean.

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Clownfish—

I believe the photo you see is from my trip to Australia. The Pacific has gorgeous reefs around the islands. And where there are reefs, there is coral. And where there is coral in the Pacific, there are…

The fish in my photo is a single striped clownfish that has caused disagreement between some marine biologist friends and I. They say this is the Maldives Anemonefish, characterized by its rusty color with a single white stripe running vertically behind its eye. The Maldives anemonefish is found in the Western Indian Ocean around Maldives and Sri Lanka. But I have never been there.

Anyway, an interesting fact about clownfish is they are all born male. They have the ability to switch their sex, even while mating. The largest fish becomes female and remains the dominant one of the group. There is no changing back once the switch is made.

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I Love Coral—

I said last week that coral is both beautiful and dangerous to be around. I was lucky enough to take some beautiful photos of my diving adventures 3 years ago.

You never know what creatures you will see. Well, unless you happen to be a marine biologist. They use scientific words to describe marine organisms. To me, I see a pretty fish at some pretty coral. All I need to know. Right?

No! Coral hides some nasty creatures. And if this is a lion fish, which I think it is, it’s best to stay away from their nasty stingers and observe their beauty through a telephoto lens.

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