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Scuba notes for June 2010
July 1st, 2010

Here’s a short wrap-up of notable scuba stories from June 2010.

LDWF Biologist Rescues Oiled Sea Turtle
LDWF Biologist Rescues Oiled Sea Turtle by lagohsep, on Flickr

Last month, a Key West resident found a camera in scuba housing washed up at a local marina. By investigating clues found in the photos, he was able to find the owners of the camera, who live in Aruba. The camera was lost in November 2009 during a dive. Remarkably, somewhere between Aruba and Key West, the camera was turned on by a sea turtle. The encounter resulted in an interesting video.

The United States’ largest scuba center, Diventures, opened in Omaha, Nebraska, in June. The shop hopes to certify 400-500 divers a year.

Scuba divers brought cameras along for a dive off the coast of Venice, Louisiana in early June. Their video documents fish swimming through murky, oil-infested waters.

Oil has appeared along the coast of Hurghada, Egypt, a popular tourist town and scuba diving destination. An offshore oil platform is leaking, and the oil threatens marine life as well as the tourist and scuba industry of the Egyptian Red Sea.

The crow’s nest bell from the famed ship Andrea Doria was recovered late last month.

A law firm representing a scuba diving business based in Montgomery Alabama has filed a lawsuit against BP and other companies with ties to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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