Blog posts of DCD related events, interviews or interesting communications
South Africa and Komodo Dive Trips – Social Information Evening – Scuba Buddies Brisbane – Brisbane 7th July 2014
I am off tomorrow to join the Brisbane Scuba Buddies at the Wynnum Manley Workers Club. They are meeting at 5.30pm-10pm for a social evening of show and tell, information about diving photography and equipment, technical diving and up coming dive trips and possibilities.
John Davis and Fern Perry of Lutwala Dive, are planning to take a dive trip to Gili, Indonesia in December and South Africa in 2015 and so this will be a teaser for anyone interested in joining then. He will be showing his photo gallery of diving in Komodo in July 2013, a trip I did with him.
I will also be there as marine Biologist/Expert and Dive Naturalist, on behalf of DiveCareDare to answer any questions divers may have. I will also have videos of the Mozambique and South African dive locations being featured in JD and Fern’s awesome Africa Dive Safaris, taken on a famil in 2011 with Fern Perry and Nomad Africa Adventure Tours.
There are door prizes from Adreno including a free dive, and a Technical Instructor will be there with a rebreather.
The venue’s Bistro is open from 5.50pm to 8pm, and coffee, tea and full bar facilities will be available.
It is sure to be a great evening, so come along and join us. Check out the web site for more information and book your spot.
Madison recently went to New York for the World Premier of her one hour doco ‘Shark Girl’ which was launched as a Smithsonian Channel Special to celebrate World Ocean’s Day in early June 2014.
This was a great documentary and an inspiring story, especially coming from one so young.
There is some hope left perhaps if she can educate us all, especially her generational peers, to preserve these creatures for all of us and our childrens futures.
Paddle Out for Sharks 2014 was held to celebrate World Ocean’s Day on 8th June at “Loo with a View”, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, AUSTRALIA.
Tony is indebted to the organisers of the Paddle out for Sharks events in South Africa for providing the PRESS RELEASE – see separate post.
Event posted: https://www.facebook.com/events/189101511286512/
The event was covered by the Sunshine Coast Daily and WIN tv.
Convincing Paul de Gelder and Peter Overton of 60 Minutes Channel 9 to dive with bull sharks in Fiji in 2012 was a rehearsal for the task Tony had for the Paddle out for Sharks event on the 8th June, 2014.
Paul and Tony are not friends. They shared a life affecting experience in Fiji with bull sharks and, in very different ways, they both wave the flag for the critical role of sharks in ONE OCEAN.
To convince the public and the politicians to replace shark nets and drum lines with smarter technologies will require a step up from Paul’s mantra: IMPROVISE-ADAPT-OVERCOME.
For the sake of human safety, shark dependent ecology and the rays, turtles, dugong, dolphins, whales and non-target shark species that die from existing shark mitigation systems, my view is that we should champion the development and trial of technologies that will improve our knowledge of human – shark interactions and deliver more effective safety for humans without the wasteful loss of charismatic and protected megafauna.
Too close to home: “Baby dolphin dies in the nets off Loo with a View, Mooloolaba“, see: http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/kayaker-questions-efficacy-of-nets/2223295/
A “JAWS” affected generation must find alternatives to the words “SHARK ATTACK” in our media and popular culture. Perhaps “HUMAN-SHARK INTERACTIONS” would be more appropriate.
The Paddle out for Sharks event was about putting “SMART Technology” for shark mitigation out there with “no increase in the GST” for consideration, debate and ultimately action to have shark mitigation and human safety up for public discussion and out of the “TOO HARD BASKET”.