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Flotsam & Jetsam

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Komodo Park Fees on the Rise. If you want to visit Komodo and see the dragons, be prepared to pay a whopping $500 for the privilege. The administration is planning to raise the Komodo National Park's entrance fee for divers, currently $12 per day, as part of their effort to boost the conservation area's prestige. They are also considering whether tourist ships entering the area should pay $50,000, which would mean that only people with deep pockets can visit. Is that the end of liveaboard diving at Cannibal Rock?

Misinformation about Burst Eardrums. It seems former British Navy diver David Sisman was using poetic license when he told people he had Teflon eardrums. We mentioned his assertion in our November article about burst eardrums, but Paul Neis, an otolaryngologist, wrote to say that eardrums are always reconstructed with human tissue. (We'd ask Sisman to reply but he has been dead for 20 years.) Neis tells us that the article was also probably referring to exostoses, commonly seen in cold-water swimmers, rather than adenoids, originally mentioned by subscriber Robert Levine (Englishtown, NJ) after he burst an eardrum while diving with a head cold....


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