As our intrepid Aquanauts move well past the half way mark in their planned 73 day Underwater Mission they will be presenting another in a series of weekly live broadcasts from their undersea home, this Thursday (Nov 13) at 1:00PM ET. The topic this week is Ocean Exploration and Climate Change and will feature discussions with Best-selling author Richard Hyman and filmmaker Andy Pruna Sr.
Exciting news…. The Classroom Under the Sea Project will continue with their weekly live broadcasts from Jules Undersea Lodge (La Chalupa habitat) in Key Largo Florida. This Thursday (Oct 16 2014) the topic will be the Undersea and Outer-space connection. Special guest will be NASA Astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
Bruce E. Cantrell & Jessica Fain with Classroom Under the Sea have just finished their first live broadcast from Jules' Undersea Lodge (La Chalupa) underwater habitat located in Key Largo Florida. This is the first of weekly live broadcasts during their record breaking undersea mission.
This weeks special guests were Ian Koblick and Dr. Neil Monney of Marine Resources Development Foundation and Jules' Undersea Lodge.
(Top photo by Laura James; other photos by Rachel Chaimson) On Wednesday morning, the divers at Seacrest weren't all human: As previewed here, "Diver Laura" James and friends went in with ROVs, to check on the sick-sea-star situation, among other missions. Laura sent a report and p
Ron Peters's insight:
From Diver Laura James
Thanks West Seattle Blog for this great post and everyone who made such a fun day possible! (Photo Credit Rachel Chaimson)
'Street view'-type mapping goes underwater; images to go public on Google San Jose Mercury News ISLAMORADA, Fla. -- It's easy to go online and get a 360-degree, ground-level view of almost any street in the United States and throughout the world.
PADI Specialities at Jules' Undersea Lodge, the world's only underwater hotel, located at Key Largo Undersea Park in Key Largo, Florida.
Ron Peters's insight:
You’ve heard about Underwater Habitats and Laboratories. You have probably followed the exploits of the NASA NEEMO team during their training and space simulation missions in the Aquarius Undersea Habitat located near Ley Largo Florida. You may even be aware of the upcoming 72 day (world record) undersea mission “Classroom Under the Sea” involving the folks from Roane State College and Marine Resourced Development Foundation (MRDF) which will be conducted at Jules’ Undersea Lodge and MarineLab.
So now you’re curious. You want to know how they do this. What technology is involved? Who can do this? What’s it all about? You may even want to know how You can do it, right?
First you must know that there are only three actual Undersea Habitats that are currently active. There is the “Aquarius” which is owned by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and currently operated by Florida International University (FIU).
The other two active Undersea Habitats are also located at Key Largo, Florida and are operated by MRDF and they are the Jules’ Undersea Lodge and MarineLab.
All three facilities are actively engaged in undersea research and education, and all three have been used by NASA as Space Analog Training Platforms.
More importantly, the two MRDF facilities (Jules’ & MarineLab) are making their habitats available for private individuals so that You Too can learn what it’s all about, and You Too can experience living & working under the sea as an “Aquanaut.”
The long-submerged anchor believed connected with Captain George Vancouver and his famed exploration of the Pacific Northwest more than 200 years ago touched down on the deck of a barge off Ledgewood late Monday. It was a moment of joy, but also one of closure, as it marked the end of six years of research, toil and obsession.
“I’m pretty overcome right now,” said a teary-eyed Scott Grimm, moments after the anchor was recovered. “It’s been a long time.”
Do you like old things? How about old things that just happen to be resting at the bottom of the ocean? If Shipwrecks and Submerged Ancient Ruins interest you, then tune in to Classroom Under the Sea on Thursday Nov 6 at 1:00PM ET for their weekly live broadcast from under the sea.
Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) Thirty-six people have been saved but nine others remain unaccounted for after a research vessel sank off the outlying island of Penghu on Friday night, according to the Coast Guard Administration (CGA).
A large triggerfish attacked a diver, hitting him in the head and causing a large wound on the scalp.
Ron Peters's insight:
Risk is an innate aspect of Diving. The environment into which we (divers) choose to immerse ourselves is largely hostile and foreign to our survival. We cannot breathe water and our psychology and behavior are attuned to terrestrial life.
Managing the risks of diving is, in large part how we can survive incursions into the aquatic realm. We have devised technique and technology that allow us to visit the underwater world for extended periods of time and to function with increasing ease.
Through constant and repeated visits we are even starting to develop an understanding of the ecology, lifestyles and behavior of our watery friends.
Although with the ever improving technology and a continuously growing body of knowledge about the many aspects of diving, we have managed to make our underwater activity relatively safe, there are still risks which we have yet to learn to effectively manage.
We can learn things like: don’t feed the fish, don’t pet the eel, don’t ride the shark, and we can make generalizations about sea critters and how they will act to our presence, but we may never predict the actions of the individual animal with 100% accuracy and 100% of the time (much like humans).
What we can do is try our best to manage and mitigate the risks, thereby making our diving activity as safe as possible. After doing all that we can, we must make the conscious decision to accept what risks remain as part of the game (or not).
Diving (like most activities) is a game of percentages. If we do everything possible to tilt the odds in our favor and to reduce as many risk factors as possible, then the chances of a safe successful dive are greater. Yet there is still, and always, the slim chance that something will go “not at all as expected…”
The attached story (From Divers Alert Network) illustrated one of the risk factors of diving that we may never completely eliminate. That factor being unexpected fishy behavior.
Parks Canada divers explored the wreck of the Empress of Ireland Thursday in the first scientific expedition since the 1914 sinking of the Liverpool-bound passenger liner in the St. Lawrence River off Pointe-au-Père, Quebec.
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