|Current Conditions Gulf of Mexico|
Up! Gulf temps are in the 80 - 82 degree area!
Fishing has been great. Reports of Great Whites caught and released off of Bayport have the locals in a buzz. Lots of sharks in the area this time of the season. Bull sharks and Dusky sighted by divers in various areas. Good! The conservation efforts are working and I hope to see some sharks this summer.
I went diving on an old barge 90' X 30' last week. Not much on the wreck except bait fish and 'cuda (the silversides were awesome). The reason there was not much on the wreck is because 5 Jew Fish from 150 to 300 pounds live there. I also noted a baby Jew in the area of 25 pounds. What was really interesting were some shell piles, mostly of dead Florida Fighting Conch all around the wreck, in these piles were some shell jewels, shallow water turbines, cones, tulips, welks, and others. A great find! No Great Whites (or kittens), though! This site is in the Tierra Verde area, near the M60 Tanks, GPS North 27.40.70, West 82.51.77.
Vis is good depending on the wind, so let's go diving!
Additional info at: www.scubatampa.com/faqsgdive.html
Manatee at Three Sisters
Manatees! There are still Manatees at Crystal River. But the heard moved out earlier this month. There are 50 or in the park all year round, but you have to look a little harder to find them. I always find manatee!
Additional info on manatees at: www.scubatampa.com/manatee.html and www.scubatampa.com/manateefacts.html
Take lessons this month
or, the kitten gets it! No foolin'!
May 17th and 18th Advanced Open Water Class. Crystal River and Blue Grotto.$350.00 Includes gear, dives, lodging with kitten and Nitrox certification. Sign up this week!
Safety and Training
|Buoyancy Control is
one of the marks of a good diver. Proper buoyancy insures
diver comfort, safety and protection of the reef. Lots of
things affect buoyancy, wetsuit thickness, accessories
like hoods, hooded vests, and 2 piece suits make one more
buoyant. Salt water vs. Fresh water is also a factor, as
well as, proper weighting. Some of us are floaters or
sinkers. Wetsuits are composed of closed cell neoprene
and are more buoyant at shallower depths than they are at
depth. Aluminum tanks vs. Steel tanks are another
consideration. Cold vs. Warm water is another, one is
more buoyant in warm water than cold. What you are
carrying on your dive can also affect your buoyancy.
What's the solution? First, do a buoyancy check at the
surface, by letting all of the air out of your BCD and
holding an normal breath (don't forget to put your
regulator in your mouth). If you don't sink you are
underweighted, If you sink right away, you are
overweighed. Under ideal situations you should float at
eye level. If you are using an aluminum tank, add 3
pounds. Aluminum tanks tend to become more buoyant as
they empty. Most steel tanks continue to be negative. The
best way to check buoyancy is at your safety stop at 15
feet. With 500 PSI in your tank and no air in the BCD you
should be neutrally buoyant with the gear configuration
you are wearing. By logging your gear configuration,
weight used and other factors, you can eventually be on
the mark on the amount of weight you need for every gear
configuration and situation.
Some things to think about:
"What kind of Crap is this? Department"
Offshore disposal of refuse from a
bankrupt Manatee County phosphate mine begins this month.
Like the Moon ~ Sponge Kittens sing their newest song. And
you thought I was cruel to Kittens! http://www.rathergood.com/moon_song/
Bonsai Kitten ~ Dedicated to preserving the long lost art of body modification in housepets. http://www.bonsaikitten.com/bkintro.html
Eat Chinese? Don't go here then. I
swear this sounds like Harry Chapin. http://www.abcs.com/townsend/Cat-Kettle.htm
Captain John Russell
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