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Updated July 17, 2018
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Canít See that Computer Display?
Last Minute Offer to Tag Turtles and Sharks in Costa Rica
Donít Take a Powder, says the TSA
Undercurrent Receives $1000 Environmental Grant
Coming Soon in Undercurrent
Check-In or Carry-on?
Spotted: Blue Whale in the Gulf of Aqaba
This Wreck Is No Longer Off-Limits
Free-to-Read in Undercurrent
Free-to-Read in Undercurrent
Divers We Can Do Without

Sea turtle with plastic picture by Saeed Rashid
Picture by Saeed Rashid

Canít See that Computer Display?  July 17, 2018

For many divers, reading the tiny numbers on a wrist- mounted dive computer display can be a chore. A simple cure is to get a mask with plus-diopter lenses fitted instead of plain glass. The TUSA Freedom Ceos is almost unique in that it is available with a range of lenses up to Plus 4.5 diopters in strength. Or you can opt for a bifocal solution. tusa.com/us-en/TUSA/Masks/Freedom_Ceos

Last Minute Offer to Tag Turtles and Sharks in Costa Rica  July 17, 2018

Can you get away Aug 9-19 for a largely tax-deductible Cocos Island trip to tag sharks and turtles? Turtle Island Restoration Network has two discounted spots available on their trip aboard the Argo for $6,285 and include meals, nitrox, marine park fee and transfers from hotel to the dock -- itís largely tax-deductible because you're on a legitimate research expedition. For details, go to http://seaturtles.org/events .

Donít Take a Powder, says the TSA  July 17, 2018

Like to carry your own coffee with you on a dive trip? Bring home a bag or two of Indonesian spices? Maybe some beach sand? You must now pack them in your checked luggage, not in your carry-on. New TSA regulations in effect on U.S.-bound flights require overseas airport agents to scrutinize flyers packing more than 12 ounces of any powder (that includes cosmetics) or powder-like substance in their carry-on bags. If they have any doubts about the powder, it may be confiscated ó and so may you if you give a smart-ass reply.

Undercurrent Receives $1000 Environmental Grant  July 17, 2018

Singing Field Foundation, a New Hampshire foundation, has awarded us $1000 for ďcontinuing support for your coverage of environmental issues, advocacy, and fundraising for marine conservation causes." Itís a surprise, a grant we did not apply for, so we are grateful, as a non-profit organization, to be recognized.

Coming Soon in Undercurrent  July 17, 2018

A less-than-perfect liveaboard in Egyptís Red Sea . . . Deadman diving update . . . Whoís rude Ė those who stay down longer or those who complain about it? . . . A new Grand Cayman dive hotel . . . .Out-of-air solutions and panaceas . . . Carriacou, a hidden Caribbean gem . . . . The Ups and downs of [diving in?] currents . . . Sunscreen and its effect on coral . . . Can you be too fit for diving?. . Over-weight or over-weighted? . . . and much, much more.

Subscribe now and get immediate access to all back issues. And download for free, Thereís a Cockroach in My Regulator, our 242-page book with the most outrageous and insightful true dive stories Undercurrent has ever published. All for $29 for eight months and my personal money back guarantee. To join the club of thousands of other experienced divers who subscribe, get our special rate of $29 for eight months by simply clicking HERE.

Check-In or Carry-on?  July 17, 2018

Some divers fret about the effects of pressure on their dive computers and other more delicate equipment when they fly, so they carry it on, rather than check it. But, there is no need because the pressure in the aircraft hold is identical to the cabin pressure -- although there might be other reasons to avoid checking-in your more valuable gear.

Spotted: Blue Whale in the Gulf of Aqaba  July 17, 2018

Bystanders were initially thrilled after spotting a blue whale in the northern tip of the Red Sea, but then became concerned, because thereís typically no krill for whales in the warm waters at the end of the Gulf, sandwiched between Israel and Jordan. It is the first recorded sighting of a blue whale there, and scientists are baffled. The visit may be a result of the underwater dead zone the size of Maine that was recently discovered in the Arabian Sea, 1,500 miles to the south, where there is a total absence of life.

This Wreck Is No Longer Off-Limits  July 17, 2018

The MV Superior Producer, popular with divers visiting CuraÁao, is open again after diving was banned for a year during construction of the nearby Tula mega pier for cruise liners.

Free-to-Read in Undercurrent  July 17, 2018

Disposed-of single-use plastic has become a blight on this planet. Undercurrent asked the diving industry what itís doing about plastic packaging to get its own house in order. The responses are less than satisfactory. Read more Ö

Free-to-Read in Undercurrent  July 17, 2018

The test of any insurance policy comes when you file a claim, and a Tulsa couple got a nasty surprise when they did so for the cost of hyperbaric treatment in a Mexican hospital. Read more Ö

Divers We Can Do Without  July 17, 2018

A New Zealand instructor working in Egyptís Red Sea told Undercurrent recently he has seen many Russian and Chinese divers not only showing no concern about damaging coral, but using knives to break off coral to take home as souvenirs. Egyptian authorities do nothing to prevent this, he believes, because revenue from the divers has become so important.

Subscribe now and get immediate access to all back issues. And download for free, Thereís a Cockroach in My Regulator, our 242-page book with the most outrageous and insightful true dive stories Undercurrent has ever published. All for $29 for eight months and my personal money back guarantee. To join the club of thousands of other experienced divers who subscribe, get our special rate of $29 for eight months by simply clicking HERE.

Ben Davison, editor/publisher
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