The Sea-gram 

April, 2011

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Nurse Shark

Nurse Shark Cruising Colombia Shallows, Paul Mila photo, Cozumel Mexico

Paul & Alison

Paul & Dive Instructor Alison, Aboard

The Maximus, Cozumel Mexico

Welcome to the April issue of Sea-gram, the monthly newsletter for ocean lovers, divers, and "deep-thinkers," from 

My books are now also
available on all E-book platforms, including Amazon's Kindle.  Personally, I prefer turning real pages; but the E-book tidal wave is pushing the publishing industry away from ink and paper. Since we
divers are taught not to swim against the current, I decided to just go with the flow.
Details in About section below.

This issue's Story Behind The Photo features great photos from our Sea-gram archives. They were chosen because they captured fascinating interactions between humans and sea creatures. 
If you have a good photo with an interesting story, or would like to share a good dive yarn, let me know at and I'll be happy to include your story in a future issue. 
Our Conservation Corner topic this month concerns finding organizations to support for Earth Day, April 22nd (and perhaps everyday).

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 Paul J. Mila
 The Story Behind The Photo . . . 
Great Photos From The Sea-gram Archives! 
         From Sea-gram Contributors Named Below
In the past 20 Sea-grams (WOW! That many?) we've been favored to show you some great photos taken by Sea-gram readers, and a couple by me. Here are some of the best, chosen because they illustrate human & sea creature interaction.
 For each Story Behind The Photo, click on the Sea-gram issue listed. Perhaps there is hope yet!
     Petting green moray
                     Don't Try This At Home, by Paul Mila, Cozumel
                                        October 2010 Sea-gram


               Grouper Kiss
        Terri Mc Dermott's Grouper Kiss, by "Jodie," Bahamas
                                        December 2009 Sea-gram  
        Curious Seal  
         Mutual Curiosity, by Laura Weisberg, Sea of Cortez
                                     January, 2010 Sea-gram

 Touching a Gray Whale
                   CONTACT! by Judy Hemenway, Baja Mexico
                                   November 2009 Sea-gram  
            Playing with a humpback
     The Whales Who Came To Play, by Paul Mila, Tonga
                                  August, 2010 Sea-gram
Conservation Corner . . .
Celebrate Earth Day, April 22nd !
What are you doing to celebrate or contribute to Earth Day 2011, on April 22nd?
Considering all the Earth does for us we should probably devote more than one day a year to preserving our planet. After all, Earth could do very well without us; but where would we be without our "lifeboat in space?"

If you live on Long Island, check out The Blue Ocean Institute, located in Cold Spring Harbor, NY.

Blue Ocean Institute

250 Lawrence Hill Road

Cold Spring Harbor, NY  11724


Blue Ocean's Mission:

Blue Ocean Institute uniquely works through science, art, and literature to inspire solutions and a deeper connection with nature. We share reliable information
that enlightens personal choices, instills hope, and helps restore living abundance in the ocean.


For more information, click:

Blue Ocean Institute Home Page


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Of course, don't forget about supporting our friends at Sea Shepherd.

When protest marches and banner waving won't stop the harpoons from flying, "Who Ya Gonna Call?"

Neptune's Navy -- The Only Cop On The Beat!

Check out their latest news and campaigns at:


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"Fracking" isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Preserving our ground water is vital!

If you live in the Eastern U.S., or any other area where oil & gas companies are proposing to inject "proprietary chemicals" (known carcinogens) deep underground to obtain natural gas trapped in shale deposits, click on this story link and watch this video.

The industry term is Hydraulic Fracturing


My favorite part was when the home owner set his formerly safe tap water on fire using a cigarette lighter.

 Don't Get Fracked Up!


About is your home for exciting dive adventure novels, YouTube videos featuring ocean creatures, and more.
April's Major Development:
All three of my undersea adventure novels
are now available as E-books on Amazon's Kindle platform and on Smashwords for all E-book platforms.


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  Click the reading dolphin and swim into our website





Thanks for visiting; we'll see you next month!
Paul J. Mila 
 Paul in Cozumel
75 Titus Avenue
Carle Place, New York 11514


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In This Issue
The Story Behind The Photo: Great Photos from the Sea-gram Archives.
Conservation Corner: WHat Are You Doing To Celebrate Earth Day?


Featured Article in this month's Conservation Corner: 

What Are You Doing To Celebrate Earth Day?

The Earth can use all the help we can provide. For Long Islanders, The Blue Ocean Institute is a great organization to check out.


Don't forget about Sea Shepherd!


Check out the threat to our ground water.


Stories, lower left column.




Quick Links
Updates & Miscellaneous Features

Sea-gram fan Martha Weisberg sent in two great videos.
The first one, from
is amazing. 
 The "big-boys" appear about half-way through this 5-minute video.
If you've never seen how baleen whales catch their prey check this out:

A Whale of a Feast


Martha also found a dolphin video with a different twist. We've seen dolphins play with dogs, but this one prefers felines.

 The Cat & The Dolphin   


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Powerful Tsunami Video

Last month we posted an incredible tsunami video taken from ground level by an amateur photographer caught in the rising surge.

This video, shot from the air, captures the full power and fury of nature's tidal onslaught:

Tsunami Devastation 



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Amazing Shark Video 


Sea-gram contributors Tony D'Alessandro and Bob Greco both found this dramatic video shot by shark conservationist and photographer Joe Romeiro. It shows professional diver. and Woman Divers Hall of Fame member, Christina Zenato interacting with Caribbean reef sharks.


Eventually, one shark falls into a deep trance, called "Tonic Immobility," as the diver's metal-gloved hand overloads the shark's sensory organs located in its snout:



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  Timing Is Everything!

Friend and fellow-author Tish Dace, who relocated to Bonaire, sent these photos of dolphins cavorting with divers in front of the Divi Flamingo Hotel. I was diving at the Divi a week earlier, but the dolphins were not. Oh well! Timing is everything.

Dolphins at the Divi


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A fun dive site, where you can rent a beachfront condo, view great dive photos, and more!


Available Link! Post a link to your web site here!
E-mail for details.


Order a Cookbook,


Fund A Scholarship

Woman Divers Hall of Fame member Julianne (Julz) Ziefle let me know about their program to fund scholarships through sales of a new cookbook (not seafood),

including recipes and dive stories.

The book is in a ring-binder format so new recipes and stories can easily be added.

On a personal note, I hope they add some tasty lionfish dishes.


Contributors include famous divers such as Michelle Hall, Stan Waterman, Zale Parry, Leslie Leaney, and others.

Click the WDHOF website below for details on ordering this great book, and funding a scholarship: 

 Woman Divers Hall of Fame


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 Celebrating The Ocean 


 For details on attending Celine Cousteau's event, 100 Years of Ocean Inspiration, on May 18 & 20 in NY and Washington D.C., click below:

Ocean Inspiration


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In Conjunction with Earth Day, check out BLUE!

BLUE'S mission is "to leverage the power of film and visual media to help protect the oceans and the life within."

The Blue Ocean Film Festival

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