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#21 DrFiscus

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 03:49 AM

Even a hacker like me can get a good shot or two.
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#22 DrFiscus

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 03:53 AM

or like this one.
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#23 DrFiscus

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 03:56 AM

or this one.
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 04:23 AM

Here is Loftus with Scar:

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 04:56 AM

By the way that was EYU in the red swim trunks with Scar in my last posted picture.
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 08:57 AM

That close up shot of the open mouth is amazing, and the water looks crystal clear, good going!

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 08:57 AM

Woah..man those are awesome...thanks for sharing guys...

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 03:00 PM

Awesome pic. really up close. You must have load of guts
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 04:17 PM

Where are you staying and what outfit are you diving with?
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 06:58 PM

AMAZING!!! :)

I agree with dkrm... They are HUGE!

Awesome pic. really up close. You must have load of guts


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Posted 09 November 2009 - 09:14 PM

Just a taste of the kind of action I am enjoying in Dominica. Last two days we have seen and interacted with at least 10 -15 different pods of sperm whales, and Scar the sperm whale supermodel has shown up both days to play. More to come, video as well.



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Posted 09 November 2009 - 09:49 PM

Just amazing,

Also waiting to hear the dive operator! And more about the operation in general...
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 11:07 PM

The whale watching industry is pretty much always there since these whales are resident pods. The issue with swimming with them becomes more complicated as permits need to be applied for. Dominica's PM finally broke rank last year by NOT voting with the Japanese and Norwegians at the IWC summit. They've discovered whaling is good business and while the Norwegian and Japanese whaling doesn't really affect them, the image of supporting whaling while selling tours to whaling sorta convinced them otherwise.
So please go support them but be mindful the permits are not issued for fun:

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 04:18 AM

Currently we are at a DAN Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Conference in Dominica. One of the members in our dive group visits the island frequently and was able to obtain a special permit to snorkel with the local sperm whales. These permits are very difficult to obtain. The local whale operations do not have one and you are not allowed to enter the water with the whales. The resident whale population is about 240 whales and the whole experience has been awesome.

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 05:29 AM

If there are any other physicians out there who are interested in Dive Medicine you should consider going to one of DAN's Dive Medicine conferences for CME (continuing medical education for you non-doctors) - they are usually offered offshore in the spring and fall and in the Florida Keys in the summer - world class faculty - good topics - good locales - and a diving program that is usually excellent. You can find the link on the DAN website under CME (www.diversalertnetwork.org).
And here is another photo from this week...
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Posted 10 November 2009 - 07:09 AM

If there are any other physicians out there who are interested in Dive Medicine you should consider going to one of DAN's Dive Medicine conferences for CME (continuing medical education for you non-doctors) - they are usually offered offshore in the spring and fall and in the Florida Keys in the summer - world class faculty - good topics - good locales - and a diving program that is usually excellent. You can find the link on the DAN website under CME (www.diversalertnetwork.org).
And here is another photo from this week...


Not just physicians, also Nurses, EMTs, DMTs and some others can get CMEs from the courses.

Keep the photos coming, I am jealous :blush:

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 02:33 PM

Thanks for all the kudos guys; just to put my first couple of images in perspective and some of the video to come, this image shows what these guys were doing - playing with some squid they had recently procured. you can see some pieces floating just in front of them.

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 10:47 PM

Fantastic Jeff - glad you got to fraternize with sperm whales! Wonderful photos!

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 12:13 PM

Here are a few of Scar up close. The first encounter as one feels like one is about to be run down by a nuclear sub is a bit unnerving, but after that it's like playing with Rover. These 3 taken on the first encounter with the 17-35, before deciding the 10-17 with TC would be more appropriate.

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