Tag Archive | discovery

Welcome to Portland

It was easy to find the trendy restaurants while in Portland, thanks to their website

My reviews of my Portland Oregon experience are on TripAdvisor here: Voodoo Doughnut, Hopworks Urban Brewery and BEST WESTERN Inn At The Meadows.

I especially liked the 24hr gourmet doughnut shop, Voodoo Doughnut

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Lemon ‘Kesey’ psychedelic, old fashioned chocolate, Oreo Vanilla and maple bacon from Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland, Oregon.
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Weird things to find on a dive

Took some fresh Open water students on a tour of Whytecliff Marine Park today when I noticed a peculiar piece of debris on the sandy bottom it looked like this:

What is it?

This object fits in the palm of my hand and is quite durable, as it doesn’t fall apart when handled.

I just learned what it was a week ago so I was pretty excited to show it to the new divers.

This strange spiral is a Moon snail egg cluster, like nudibranch they lay eggs in a ribbon but this ribbon contains sand and is not to a rock but left loose on the sandy bottom. Watch for them on your next dive!

I am wondering if they are seasonal since it is only recently that I have started noticing them.

Swam with a Shark (and lots of turtles)

On my recent trip to Maui, Hawaii I decided to do a boat dive to Molokini. Molokini is a sunken crater a few miles off the south coast of Maui.

Image courtesy of aloha-hawaii.com

There are numerous ways to dive the site, dives inside the crater are popular for their reef sharks, manta rays and abundant fish with a max depth of 40 ft. I was more interested in the backwall dive, where the crater exterior plunges down to depths of 350ft.  This diving requires good buoyancy but is worth it for advanced divers. I was amazed by the clarity of the water, which made visibility nearly 200ft. I remember looking down from the surface while waiting to be picked up by the boat as the remaining group continued the dive. I had left them at about  80ft and I could see them as clearly as if they were 10 ft below, even more I could see the wall fading into the blue 50ft below them. Overall amazing topography on this dive. I was happy to see at least one large pelagic (my first shark!), unfortunately no whales or dolphins though those types of underwater sightings are more rare.

For the second dive that day we went to a site called 5 graves/ 5 caves. This site is named after the ancient Hawaiian burial grounds located onshore and for the caves and tubes formed by gas bubbles in lava flows that are now hardened rock. I managed to get some good footage of this site with my camera.

See my facebook album of the dives here.

Communicating Science

Last year I did a project in the realm of Science journalism.
See the final product here.

Included is the following video which I narrated myself, and filmed with 2 other classmates

Today science is playing a larger role than ever in our everyday life, it’s important that we are able to understand what is being discovered.

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