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   For ocean lovers, divers,

            and "deep-thinkers."


January, 2013



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Nurse Shark       

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

Help the Shark Angels Save Our Sharks!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to our readers, and welcome to January's Sea-gram, the monthly newsletter from
I signing my latest Caribbean thriller, Near Miss, at the Long Island Divers Annual Film Festival, and Jamie Pollack, Director of the Shark Angels conservation organization, stopped by to say hello.
Shark Angels is selling a beautiful calendar (photo below) to raise money for this worthy cause.
Details below, in this month's Conservation Corner: Saving Sharks!
Jamie & Paul at LIDA
Shark Angel Jamie Pollack & Paul at LIDA Film Festival


Check out The Examiner to read the most recent review regarding Near Miss:

The Examiner


This month's Featured Creature

is the elusive Seahorse, a popular but rare little critter that divers love to photograph when they can find them.

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 Paul J. Mila
Featured Creature . .
             Seahorses of Cozumel
Photos contributed by Mike Boyd and     Richard Hileman                      

Mike Boyd dives all over the world, and his most recent dive adventure was in Cozumel.

Here is Mike's story about his photo, and also some interesting seahorse facts:

Seahorse, mike boyd   

"There is absolutely nothing underwater that Linda wants to see more than Seahorses.
 Until this trip, she had a lifetime total of one .... and was like she was missing out.

 In just two days we tripled her lifetime total .... and made Linda a very happy girl.

"This is the Lined Seahorse that Pepe, our divemaster, found for us on Linda's 429th dive (which also happened to be #700 for me).

"Lined Seahorses vary in color from reddish orange, to brown to black .... and their markings vary too. But the markings that they do have a definitely line like and definitely not spots.

"They curl the base of their tail around branches of coral, sea grasses and other holdfasts .... and will occasionally be seen floating free.
 When approached by divers they will very rarely move but will tuck their heads and turn away .... that shyness and their small size can make them a little bit of a challenge to photograph."

Visit Mike's Blog at:

 The Best of Mike


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I ran into Richard Hileman in Cozumel, but I missed this dive. Here is Rich's story: 

Seahorse, Rich Hileman   

"This shot was taken near Paraíso Reef.

To find the resident sea horse you travel about ½ way down the reef and then turn right and move over the sand. A short distance from the reef grass begins and the search begins in about 40 feet of water travelling parallel to the reef with the current.

"When we found him, I waited for the rest of the group to take pictures and check him out. As they moved on, I moved in and settled in to take some pictures. Unlike most of the beautiful creatures on Cozumel dives, the seahorse just hangs around and gives amateur photographers like me the chance to get some nice pictures."


 Rich's Equipment:

Sealife 1200 camera with digital strobe.

Conservation Corner . . .

        Save Our Sharks !


The Shark Angels are active on many fronts. Visit their website to find out about their youth educational and information programs:

 Shark Angels Site


Buy A Calendar, Save A Shark!

Shark Angels' latest initiative is their 2013 calendar, each month featuring a different shark photo.


View the Diver Wire press release about the Shark Angels campaign:

Diver Wire


Jamie Pollack, Shark Angels Director, paints a grim picture if things don't change:


"With each minute that passes, close to 200 sharks are killed, adding up to an astonishing 73 million deaths each year. But even more shocking is the concern that the majority of the ocean's shark species could be extinct within the next 10-20 years."


Sea-gram reader Jim Steers sent in this  photo story about the Hong Kong / China shark fin trade.

The photo, showing 10,000 shark fins drying on a roof, is alarming: 

Shark Fin Slaughter

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About is your home for exciting dive adventure novels (in both e-format and print format), YouTube videos featuring ocean creatures, and more.
Near Miss, my new Caribbean thriller, is now available from, Amazon, Barnes &, Scuba Network, and Book Revue.
Diver Wire posted this news story about 
Near Miss:
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Thanks for visiting, and 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
Featured Creature: Seahorses of Cozumel
Conservation Corner: S.O.S. Save Our Sharks
Featured Article in Conservation Corner:
SOS: Save Our Sharks !
Check out the Shark Angels 
    Story, lower left column.
Quick Links
Updates &
Miscellaneous Features



Wild and Whacky

These divers, shark-cage diving off Guadeloupe Island in Mexico got an unexpected bonus when a large Great White shark paid them a visit:

Great White Shark Guadalupe Aug 2010 Poop YouTube
Great White Shark, Guadeloupe Mexico


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 The One That Got Away

How many times have your fisherman friends told you about "the one that got away" 

Well, this giant silver king may be telling his fish-buddies about "the guy who got away."

Fish Goes "People-ing"


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  Giant Squid Filmed Live  


Several Sea-gram readers sent in this story about a live giant squid filmed for the first time:

Giant Squid


Watch the complete story on Discovery channel, January 27th.


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Giant Bluefin Tuna

Brings Record Price 

Sharks aren't the only oceanic inhabitants facing extinction due to human greed and stupidity. 


 A 489 pound bluefin tuna recently fetched $1.76 million at a Tokyo market recently -- that computes to over $3,600 per pound. Japan consumes 80% of the world's sushi.


Pacific and Atlantic bluefin stocks are below 10% of original levels, and declining.


Here are two bluefin stories:

Giant Bluefin in Danger

PEW Environmental Trust


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Sea-gram reader Jim Collign sent in this unique youtube video.

Imagine driving a road built on several small islands and reefs, along the Norwegian coast:

Drive This Road



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 Eat 'em to Beat 'em
So far the evidence from scuba diving hotspots like Cozumel and Bonaire is that aggressive lionfish eradication programs are holding populations in check.
Sea-gram fan Jeff Rein sent in this lionfish update, including recipes and a short lionfish cleaning and preparation video:
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 Shell Oil's Environmental
Tax Dodge Disaster
Many of you may have read about Shell Oil's big rig that recently ran aground in Alaska.
Interesting footnote to the story, sent in by Sea-gram fan Jeff Reid, is that Shell decided to move the rig during a storm just to avoid a $7 million tax bill if the rig had remained in Alaska:
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Sea Shepherd Update
It's that time of year again, when the Sea Shepherds are facing off with  Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.


 For the latest news on their 9th anti-whaling campaign, and about their efforts to save dolphins, seals and sharks, click below:  

 Sea Shepherd 2012/13 


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  Want to visit Cozumel?


Here are two great rental options: 
1. For beachfront:


A fun dive site, where you can rent my beach front condo at the Residencias Reef, view great dive photos, and more!


2. For Downtown Fun:

A great place if you want to be close to the action.


  Want to Buy in Cozumel?


Contact Nancy Edwards, at:


Jaime Rameriz at Residencias Reef

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