Friday, September 5, 2008
Here's the latest site update from him. Summer's still here and the waters fine:
Been about a month and wanted to give you a report from the North
East. We've been capturing some great footage of mako sharks this
season. We have been averaging 2-5 makos a day and 1-3 blues.
Usually its the reverse, more blues than makos. With the water temps
falling a bit and fall right here the blues are coming back. We had a
large 300lb fish stick around the boat for about 3 hours last saturday
acting just like a big shark. Slow methodical passes once every 10-15
mintues, knowing exactly where to go.
Most of our makos have been in the 80 - 200 lb. range and have had a few buzz me pretty good while shooting, the fish out here are used to eating swords and tuna bigger than them so they can get pretty sporty. I am still on the hunt for Great Whites and will start making trips east of the island in the coming month to try and chum one up...Hope all is good on your end...Will keep you updated on a hopefull Sept. and Oct. with some big fall sharks.
Friend and fellow eco-adventurer Karl Stanly reported some bad news this month. Seems the state of eco tourism in Roatan, Honduras has quite a long way to go with "small island politics".
The good news is that you can help with an email today:
I am sorry to report at this time I am not able to operate my submarine.
In a nutshell, the vice mayor of the island attempted to create a berth for her new yatch in front of my family's land. The situation escalated completely out of control to the point where my life was threatened by her husband, both verbally and by showing a gun. Despite doing everything required legally, I have been unable to obtain an operating permit and cannot get a straight answer out of anyone in government as to when (or why not) this may occur.
I want you to know that I am doing everything in my power (including hiring three lawyers and a massive PR campaign) to rectify this situation and am confident I will once again be able to provide affordable direct access to the deep ocean for all interested.
How can you help?
Wish you could book an expedition to explore the unknown? Don't want to see my mission to provide the public with cost-effective, direct access to the deep water environment come to premature end? Please contact the following departments of tourism and let them know. I greatly appreciate any help I can receive during this difficult time. Thank you.
Col. San Carlos, Edificio Europa
Apodo. Postal No. 3261
PBX: (504) 222-2124 Ext 502, 503
FAX: (504) 222-2124 Ext 501
Honduras Institute of Tourism
2828 Coral Way
Suite 305, Miami, Fl. 33145
Tel.: (305) 461-0601/02
Fax: (305) 461-0602
Tel.: 1-800-410-9608 (USA/CANADA toll free)
Editors Note: As we have mentioned many times in the past this submarine is the only one of it's kind allowing everyday adventure seekers into the wild world of deepsea sharks. We urge you to send an email today to keep Karl in business. Thanks!
For the most part it's stunning stuff. Case in point Ethan Gordons recent work in Scuba Diving Magazine on Chuuk Lagoon. Almost every month new images surface that take your breath away from the pack leaders.
Then there are guys like Derek Heasley who are less well known but shoot with a cool eye towards brilliance. It's not easy to "capture the moment" when it happen with wildlife. But rest assured when the "moment" happens-if Derek is within lens shot of it, he'll nail it.
Here's his website Sea Pixels