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melia01

Member Since 01 Feb 2011
Offline Last Active Nov 18 2011 11:49 PM
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In Topic: Shark Week "How Sharks Hunt": Are they mishandling sharks to get the...

16 August 2011 - 09:38 PM

Does anyone know how to get in direct contact with the person or people at Discovery who are responsible for approving what shows become part of Shark Week? I am normally a fan of the company's general programming, but I have some concerns about Shark Week that I would like to voice. Thanks!

In Topic: Turks and Caicos vs Utila

14 March 2011 - 10:53 AM

OK -- my two cents! I have worked on the T&C Aggressor for a few years, and I can tell you that they only intentionally dive off of Grand Turks twice a year (on their way to the whale charters), unless the weather is really bad and coming from the West (that may happen only a few times a year). The VAST majority of the time, the T&C Aggressor dives off of Providenciales, West Caicos and French Cay. The diving is great no matter if you like Reef sharks and Eagle Rays or gaudy clown crabs and cleaning shrimp. Although there are better spots in the Caribbean for individual types of animals, In my opinion (having dived most of the C. -- including utila) I believe the Turks & Caicos Islands offer the best overall diving in the Caribbean! Off of each of the three islands you tend to see slightly different marine life. In my opinion, Providenciales offers great macro subjects (my favorite stuff), French Cay is a great place to find Wide Angle stuff like sharks, Rays and beautiful reef scenes, and West Caicos offers the best of both macro and WA. All three islands are terrific!

I have also lived in Utila for short while (land based) and although the visibility while I was there just about the best I have ever seen, I found the fish life a little disappointing. The Sea Mounds surrounding the islands are the most diverse and of course, in Utila you always have the possibility of spotting a whale shark.


The T&C Aggressor boat is very nice and quite comfortable however the Utila Aggressor is less then a year old now and while I haven't been onboard the Utila Aggressor, I have heard great things about the new boat!

I hope this helps, and if you have any specific questions, please feel free to Message me. I am also a photographer so I would be happy to discuss specifics with you if you like!

Happy Diving!
Melissa

In Topic: Aggressor Humpback trip...who's been?

18 February 2011 - 10:46 AM

elbuzo -- great point. this week the boats had to come in a day early because of strong winds.. it's just kind of the risk you take to be in the middle of nowhere..... in winter!!

Mike - it doesn't look like I will be there next season, but who knows things in this industry often move very quickly!

If you want to see some picture, I've put a bunch on my website at http://www.glassfootphotography.com - just click on the Dominican Republic album. The pictures were taken over about 10 weeks last year.. but it might give you an idea what the encounters can be like!

In Topic: Alan.....Alan....Alan ( Night time....Daytime!)

13 February 2011 - 10:51 PM

OMG -- that is hilarious!!! HAHAHA soooo smart and funny!!

In Topic: Aggressor Humpback trip...who's been?

13 February 2011 - 03:49 PM

HAHA thanks Simon.. I still tell people about your flamboyant cuttlefish babies -- A great video!!! Give my best to Zoe!