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  1. We've had something similar going on up here in Puget Sound. The extremists have decided that any wooden structure or old pier is going to be leaking creosote into the water so they all have to be removed. There was a dive site known as Edmonds Oil Dock that was just about the most diverse and rich mini-ecosystem in the entire Sound. It hasn't been a working dock for ages, so it was just a very nice dive site. The powers that be decided it had to come out because it MIGHT still be leaching creosote into the water and threatening the underwater life. Now, nobody even bothered to test the water and see if there was actually any creosote left in the pilings, but what's that got to do with it? It was all politics. After it was ripped out, who knows how many invertebrates pointlessly destroyed, zillions of fish robbed of habitat, and the site turned into a barren wasteland, the truth came out: some rich folks in condos living on the hill above the site didn't want to look out their windows and see the old dock. And it didn't matter to them how much life was rubbed out or what was done to the actual ecosystem; they were going to have their nice view no matter what. And they got it. How? By tossing a few hot-button words at the environmental extremists and then sitting back and watching things snowball out of control.


    There has to be a way to counter the extremists. As a diver, I'm an environmentalist. But you don't save an ecosystem by destroying it. As with so many other things in life, it's all about balance. But try telling that to the politicians.

  2. Someone gave me this camera, and I was fiddling with it, clicking the shutter and working the advance lever (no film) when it just quit working. the lever won't go, the button does nothing. I have no idea what happened, it didn't take a bump or anything like that, it just...stopped. Does anybody have any idea why and how to correct it?


    I've contacted Backscatter in Monterey (no answer yet) but if there's something I can do while I wait, might as well.

  3. Hi All:


    Anyone have any words of wisdom photographing small, translucent invertebrates (like 1" jellies), in our Seattle area temperate waters where there is a great deal of detritus and current. Most recently I used my Nikon d300 (cropped sensor), 105 mm lens, auto focus, 60th @ f14. Often times I will focus right through the critter.


    I have thought about bringing a black slate to place behind the subject for more contrast. Any thoughts? I suppose another option would be to switch to manual focus, rack the focus out, and move my rig to focus.


    Any help greatly appreciated. The rest of the set-up is a Subal housing, twin Ikelite 125 strobes, one set on full, the other on half power, and a Hartenberger focus light set on 2-3 power.




    Since both of my regular buddies and I wear black gloves for the nice Puget Sound cold water, one of us will often put a hand behind the critter while the other takes pictures. Not a perfect system, but we get some decent pictures.

  4. Like it or not, California,while far from perfect, managed to clean up the emissions and thus the air quality in Southern California by imposing tough emission laws in the 60s on. Whether you believe that there is global warming or not, reducing emissions is a good thing. So is reducing plastic waste. I do remember a study theorizing the plastic pellets also come from train yards after big storms.


    I know how well they cleaned it up; I was there and watched it happen. At the same time, that's as opposed to, say, Idaho, which chose from the beginning to limit wildcat growth and development precisely to avoid finding themselves in a situation like LA.


    Ah, I'm just yanking your chain a bit. I do give CA credit for cleaning up the mess they had made. I just believe, based on research and personal experience as well as raising 3 great kids, that positive reinforcement works better than punishment as a first resort.


    I wholeheartedly agree that plastic doesn't belong in the ocean, and try to pick it up whenever I find it during a dive. What's the ultimate solution? I haven't a clue. But I doubt that banning plastic bags in one little corner of the Pacific Rim is going to do much.

  5. Sorry, I'm still here (and relatively happily I might add) and believe that SOMEONE has to lead.


    It does work. Look at the Emissions of automobiles in the US. CA took the lead and as a major economic power we have the market share to make a difference.


    I don't always agree with draconian policies but...


    I have news for you. I've lived in CA and I've lived in 7 other states, and most of the other states either curse or laugh at CA. I'm always amused by CA's inflated opinion of itself. If you don't mind some clown of a politician penalizing you if you scratch your butt too many times a day, that's your problem. Positive reinforcement will still get better results every time. But CA will never figure that out, because the other way generates too many extra tax dollars for the Powers That Be.

  6. You worm abuser! I can't believe you handled the marine wildlife - for shame!


    Sorry, that was a sarcastic joke. Welcome to Wetpixel Dave.


    Just from my experience it looks like a peanut worm - but I'm sure our resident worm expert can do a lot better than I can.





    You had me there for a second ;) But it's not my hand in the picture, so NYAAAHHHH!!!!! :)


    Thanks for the welcome. So far I like it here...

  7. We found this worm just below the surface at the breakwater in Monterey Bay, California, at the beginning of a night dive recently. So far we can't find it in any of our books, and it's outside Leslie's bailiwick ;) Can anybody identify it?



  8. In some states in Oz, the Gov't is now trialing/charging a levy/tax on every plastic bag supplied by supermarkets with groceries.

    I think that it is 10cents per bag.

    I don't know about the rest of Oz, but down here in Victoria, supermarket chains have been offering green utlity bags for sale to the community

    for the express purpose of carrying your purchases from store to home and negating the use of plastic bags.

    It is amazing at the supermarkets watching those "lazy souls" who don't give a damn and turn up week in/ week out and never carry a green bag.

    The green bags are available for $1aud each and are very sturdy and last for years, yet there are countless idiots who have to pay more than $1

    each trip for plastic bags that are of only single use...

    I would suggest taxing them $1 per plastic bag and see how quickly they get the idea. . . . ;)





    That's the kind of bass-ackward thinking that has people leaving California in droves. First, regulate it. Second, penalize people for it. Third, don't give them any positive reason to do something. When are people going to figure out that it DOESN'T WORK?????


    If you want people to cut down on something like using plastic bags and containers, offer them a carrot instead of a whip. Make it to their advantage to do so. I'm in Salinas, California right now, and they already charge a deposit on things like 2 liter soda bottles. The 10 cent deposit gets refunded when you take the bottle to the recycling center, which is about as well marked and easy to find as the Treasure of El Dorado. So, most people around here recycle their bottles and get the money back, right? Wrong. Almost nobody does it. Why? Because it's not worth the time and effort just to get back something that they consider another part of the cost of living. Now, if the state dropped their idiotic deposit, and a recycling company came in and said "We'll pay you X amount per pound for your bottles" or something like that, so the consumer actually MADE a little on it, more people might do it. [Aside: in this town, bigger signs pointing to where the stupid recycling place is would help, too.] Taxing something isn't going to change people's behavior regarding it.

  9. We found this chiton at the Point Lobos Marine Reserve near Carmel, California, a few days ago. My buddies and I are usually pretty good at identifying chitons, but this guy has us stumped. We haven't been able to find anything with those characteristic blue spots. We know the spots are part of the animal because there was another one just like it nearby. Can anybody help?



  10. I'm looking for the Casio EWC-80. Casio no longer makes it, and the shops both local and online seem to be out of them, so I'm in the market for a used one to fit the camera I already have. If you have one you'd like to part with, please PM me. Price is negotiable.


    Still looking for this housing, or an alternate housing for the Exilim Z1000. Nobody on ebay seems to be selling them at the moment...

  11. I'm looking for the Casio EWC-80. Casio no longer makes it, and the shops both local and online seem to be out of them, so I'm in the market for a used one to fit the camera I already have. If you have one you'd like to part with, please PM me. Price is negotiable.

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