Our latest Third Age Expeditions column for LuxeBeat Magazine has been awarded “editor’s pick.” The editor commented… “Perfect article for October.” Kathryn and I were not thinking about Halloween when the finishing touches to the piece were added, so incorporating the word “Graveyard” into the article’s title was kismet.
Luxe Beat Magazine has published our most recent Third Age Expeditions column about octopus called, “Realm of the Giant Pacific Octopus.”
Three Hearts, Nine Brains, & Blue Blood?
Giant Pacific octopus are about 90 percent soft-bodied muscle except for two small plates anchoring their heads, together with a beak used to grasp and bite prey They possess three hearts and nine brains. Two smaller hearts pump their blue blood to the gills, while a larger third heart circulates blood to the rest of the body. One central brain controls their nervous system and there is a large ganglion of nerve cells at the base of each of their eight arms, which act like independent brains that work both independently and together to coordinate movement. Their blue blood contains a copper-rich protein called hemocyanin which is more efficient than hemoglobin in cold ocean environments and improves oxygen flow.
Here is a link to the story: here
“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
~ Alice in Wonderland
Not so much fear and loathing of sharks, but more of a love story about an apex predator that I have both admired and studied for the past 55 years. Yes, I was the kid who chose sharks as the topic for my interest talk to my fellow grade 5 classmates in Ottawa, many years before the movie JAWS scared the living bejesus out of people. So, you could say that I was an early adopter when it came to shark appreciation. This is a story Kathryn and I wrote for Shearwater Research Inc (manufacturers of rugged dive computers for technical divers). Kathryn learned to overcome her fear of sharks after diving into my deep blue sea over the past decade.
Here is link to the story: Here
Luxe Beat Magazine has published our latest column, “The President and the Lady: World’s Greatest Diveable Intact Shipwreck?” You can read it: Here
The Fog of War
Bathed in a shroud of dim pale blue light the silent steel hulk looms up from the shadowy depths. An enormous ship at 654 feet the SS President Coolidge, an American luxury ocean liner when she was launched in built in 1931, is equivalent in length to two- and one-half football fields when placed end to end. Like every shipwreck, the Coolidge has a glorious story to tell about a time long ago, in a place far, far away. The tale of how this metal hulk sank into a watery grave was written during the tides of war more than a half century ago.
Travel Thru History has published our story, “Three Ways to Visit the Ruins” about Mexico’s Mayan ruins on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
Pyramids, Plazas and Temples
While many people flock to Riviera Maya solely to drink cold Coronas while sun worshiping on white sand beaches splashed by a crystal-clear turquoise ocean, there are many who choose to ruin their Mexican vacation by stepping back in history by visiting some ancient archeological masterpieces. Today, the Maya’s past is revealed in the impressive crumbling ruins of their elaborate pyramids, plazas and temples which are scattered throughout the Yucatán Peninsula. Many archeological structures still remain undiscovered as they are hidden from view by thick vegetation and cloaked by dense jungle. While there are a seemingly endless number of ancient sites to explore, Chichén Itzá, Tulum and Cobá are three of the Riviera Maya’s finest and most diverse collection of archaeological sites that are easy to visit, and yet, they still possess some unique mysteries to entice modern day explorers.
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Our story “What is a nudibranch? Meet the “high fashion models” of the ocean depths” was published online at Canadian Geographic yesterday!
Where we live
In British Columbia, where we live, nudibranchs inhabit the emerald depths in such high concentrations, the province is considered Canada’s hotspot for the creatures. Since our work as underwater photographers requires us to have more than a passing acquaintance with nudibranchs, we photograph as many species as we can.
“There are two distinct types of nudibranchs: aeolids and dorids. Aeolids absorb oxygen through their skin and have a series of horn-like projections, called cerata, on their heads and backs that allow them to take in more oxygen. Dorids, the most common type of nudibranch, breathe through a tuft of external feathery gills that they can retract into their body for protection if needed. Nudibranch gills come in many shapes and sizes and are used for breathing, digestion, and defence. While in other parts of the world the average length for nudibranchs is about two centimetres, British Columbia’s nudibranchs are giants by comparison, generally reaching 15 to 30 centimetres in length.”
In the April 1996 issue of Sport Diver (USA), Jett wrote the double-page spread feature article. The icing on the cake for him was one of his images of a female diver with a Giant Pacific Octopus appeared on the cover of the magazine. The editor told him it was the first cold water diving picture that up to that point had ever appeared on their magazine’s cover.
Our latest Third Age Expeditions column for Luxe Beat Media earned us another “Editors Pick”. “Gulet Odyssey: Blue Voyage of Dreams” recounts our adventuresailing the southern Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey on a traditional wooden Turkish gulet. The weblink is here. https://luxebeatmag.com/unconventional-underwater-photography-tips
It was a distinct honour to have been tagged as a contributing photographer to this is an eloquently written and beautifully illustrated new book by Cathryn Castle & Gui Garcia of C2G2 Productions. The book includes some stunning images contributed by a distinguished group of ocean luminaries such as Marty Snyderman, Michele Hall, Allison Vitsky Sallmon, Chris Huss, Tanya G Burnett, Jennifer Penner, Joel Penner, Evan Sherman, Barry Guimbellot, Ellen Cuylaerts, Eric Hanauer, Karen Straus, Jayne Jenkins, Douglas David Seifert, Kevin Davidson and Kevin Lee. It is available now on Amazon. LINK HERE
Unconventional Underwater Photography Tips
Our latest Third Age Expeditions column for Luxe Beat Media earned us an “Editors Pick”. This piece we titled, “Unconventional Underwater Photography Tips”. We promised to provide our column readers some photography tips and tricks from time to time so in this dispatch we share some tips to help improve your underwater photography. If you’re seeking something more enlightening than just being told, “Get Close, Get Closer and Shoot at an Upward Angle,” then check it out. https://luxebeatmag.com/unconventional-underwater-photography-tips/