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#325844 Favourite Image Of 2012

Posted by lundysd on 07 February 2013 - 03:27 PM

I realize I'm a little late to this party, but I wanted to share my most memorable photo of 2012. As some of you may know, the Pacific Northwest is known for its species of sixgill cowsharks, one of the most ancient species of sharks still around today (and one of the few with only one small dorsal fin). While sixgill sightings were once common, to my knowledge there have been few (if any) sightings in the past 7 years. We were lucky enough to stumble upon a small group of these animals at a particular dive site last summer. It appeared that there were at least 3 distinct sixgills in the area, all relatively young and ranging in size from 3 feet to 9 feet long. This is a photo of the largest animal, a very docile sixgill who allowed us to photograph him for the better part of 30 minutes before we had to return to shallower waters for decompression.

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#320126 Giant Pacific Octopus Killing and a Call to Action

Posted by lundysd on 07 November 2012 - 10:17 PM

Thanks everyone! We're taking this to the Dept of Fish and Wildlife tomorrow in hopes of getting an emergency ban on GPO harvest at this dive site. Hopefully this will go well and we can open a dialogue about larger changes in the future.

#319776 Giant Pacific Octopus Killing and a Call to Action

Posted by lundysd on 02 November 2012 - 10:35 PM

Fellow dive photo geeks,

Last Wednesday (Oct 31), my Seattle-based dive buddy and I witnessed a pair of young gentleman violently taking a 70lb giant pacific octopus (GPO) from a very well-known dive site (Alki Beach) and throwing it in the back of their pickup truck (for more information visit http://www.raptureof...eep.net/alkigpo). Quite surprisingly this species has been given very little protection, and GPO harvesting is completely legal year-round in the state of Washington. While their behavior is not technically illegal, the event has ignited a huge nationwide controversy and the story has been picked up by several national news agencies including the Associated Press. Rather than dwelling on the negative aspects of this event, however, we have begun a campaign to change these archaic laws and limit the harvesting of GPOs from this and potentially other popular dive sites. Many of you have visited the Pacific Northwest in search of these majestic creatures, and I would like to respectfully ask for your help in petitioning our state fisheries department to change the rules on GPO harvesting. The link can be found at the following site: http://www.divenewsn...84-save-the-gpo

Thanks for your help in saving one of the most amazing underwater creatures I know of!

Scott Lundy
Rapture of the Deep Digital Media

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