October, 2014
For ocean lovers, divers, and "deep-thinkers."
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Shark Angels 2015 Catalog Fundraiser

Help Save Sharks! See Details in Conservation Corner, Below


Welcome to the September issue of Sea-gram, from
Jamie & Paul at LIDA
Paul with Jamie Pollack, Director of Operations, Shark Angels
This month we're publicizing two worthwhile causes:
1. The Shark Angels shark conservation fundraising calendar (Read Conservation Corner below).
What is a Shark Angel?
Shark Angel Julie Andersen explains in this amazing video:
We Are Shark Angels
We Are Shark Angels
2. The Dolphin Dance Project's
new 3-D movie (details, right column).

This issue's Story Behind The Photo 
features an unusual photo taken by artist Barbara Petersen in Cozumel -- a rare guitar fish.
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Paul J. Mila
  The Story Behind The Photo . . . 
                Cozumel Guitar Fish
                             By Barbara Petersen, Overland Park, Kansas   
Barbara Petersen was diving in Cozumel when she  noticed a fish that is rare for those waters -- a guitar fish.  
Here is Barbara's Story Behind the Photo:
"I took the photo on August 12th, 2014. We were diving the sand flats at Punta Sur in about 25 to 30 feet of water.
I had never seen one of these fish before, and Carlos, one of the guys we dive with, had never seen one either.
It was probably 3' long so it was pretty good sized.
The guitar fish stayed on the bottom and didn't move while being photographed."
Photo Equipment:
I was using a Canon G-10 with an Ikelite D-51 strobe.
If you'd like to view Barbara's work, visit her website:
 Conservation Corner . . .       
                                 Save Our Sharks
    By Jamie Pollack, Shark Angels Director of Operations
Shark Angels employ innovative education, media and advocacy programs to protect sharks, the ocean's apex species. The health of the world's oceans depends on healthy and thriving shark populations, and every creature on earth depends on healthy oceans for survival.

With up to 73,000,000 sharks killed a year, shark populations are down over 90% and many species could go extinct during our lifetimes.
Shark Angels believe that grassroots outreach, viral media, and creative campaigns often aimed at teaching and inspiring youth will create a global, positive movement to save sharks - and the oceans. And it's working. For over five years, Shark Angels has been involved in some of the most compelling and highest impact ocean campaigns around the world.

By supporting Shark Angels with your donations, you'll fuel these campaigns and play a vital role in protecting not just a threatened species, but also our oceans.
2015 Celebrating Sharks Calendar:

12 month calendar featuring amazing shark images and different shark species shot from professional photographers taken all over the world, such as December's short-fin mako, below.

  • Interesting shark fact on each month
  • Large boxes to record dates and special events
  • Ocean related holidays
  • Week begins on Monday
  • 11 x 17 inches, wire bound, with hole punch to hang easily on wall

Proceeds benefit Shark Angels, a US based non profit charity dedicated to protecting sharks. 

Shortfin Mako - December

For information on purchasing a calendar to Save Our Sharks, click on this link:
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Thanks for visiting, and we'll see you next month!
Paul J. Mila 
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Conservation Corner:

    Purchase a 2015 Calendar, and Save Our Sharks

                           Story lower left column.

 Quick Links
Updates & Miscellaneous Features

The Dolphin Dance Project

Watch dolphins and humans dance in 3-D
Sunday, December 7th
Click below for details:
We are so excited to invite you to this special event in New York City, a unique opportunity to see some brand new 3D dolphin dance films in a big screen theater!

We will also offer a pre-release preview of "Dolphin Dreams"shot by Emmy Award-winning underwater cinematographer Howard Hall with an original score by Grammy Award-winning composer and cellist David Darling.
Click here to preview Dolphin Dreams:
Several members of our 'pod' of NYC dancers will grace the stage as well for a live performance amongst virtual dolphins.

Let's fill the house! One of the most valuable things you can do to support us right now is to share this event with anyone you think might enjoy the show.

The one hour program will be presented twice:
"So Close 3D: Dance with Wild Dolphins"

Sunday, December 7th
Screenings at NOON and 2 pm
December 7th at noon and 2pm!
Click the link below to purchase tickets:


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Future Diver
Granddaughter Ava Chiappetta is already fascinated by life under the sea, enclosed in her private bubble at the Camden New Jersey Aquarium.



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Sea Shepherd

Conservation Update


The folks at Sea Shepherd Conservation Organization are usually known for saving whales.

RIght now they are engaged in a turtle anti-poaching campaign in Costa Rica.

Click this link to learn more:

Saving Sea Turtles


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Whale of a Tale! 

Two Australian adventurers stumbled into the swim of a lifetime when they jumped in the water to photograph a sea turtle, but ended up swimming with two humpback whales.

Click the link below for the story:

Accidental Whale Adventure 


Click the photo for the amazing video:

Underwater Love - Swimming with Humpback Whales. Gold Coast. INCREDIBLE
Underwater Love - Swimming with Humpback Whales at Australia's Gold Coast. INCREDIBLE


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New Cozumel Condos

If you're looking to
"Live The Dream" check out this new project in Cozumel:

Casa Victoria 


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 For a unique Cozumel experience check out:

Fulvio provides boutique rental accommodations and rental management services.


For the best in Cozumel diving, check out: 


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