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Scuba Diving

June 2019

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do the right thing

I once told a young journalist that if he got into the biz to change the world, he was going to be disappointed. But if he got into journalism to foster connections between people—connections that someday might change the world—he was in the right place.That moment came back to me when I learned from authors Allison and Chris Selman that their piece “Can Truk Lagoon Be Saved?” from our July 2017 issue (now on scuba diving.com) had led a reader to offer them an ex-New Zealand navy diving support vessel that someday might be part of that salvation. Nothing warms our hearts more than knowing we helped forge that connection.The wrecks of Truk Lagoon, Scapa Flow (“The Silent Fleet of Scapa Flow,” page 50) and other iconic sites from the…

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scuba diving

EDITORIALEditor-in-Chief Mary Frances EmmonsSenior Editor Andy ZunzScubaLab Director Roger RoyArt Director Monica RodriguezDigital Editor Becca HurleyAssociate Gear Editor Robby MyersAssociate Editor Dave CarriereCopy Editor Cindy MartinStaff Photographer Jon WhittleCONTRIBUTORSKathryn Curzon, Eric Douglas, Nicole Helgason, Jennifer Idol, Steve Jones, Joanna Lentini, Eric Michael, Brooke Morton, Erin Quigley, Allison Selman, Chris Selman, Terry WardSALESVice President, Managing Director Glenn Sandridge glenn.sandridge@bonniercorp.comAssociate Publisher Jeff Mondle 760-419-5898; jeff.mondle@bonniercorp.comAssociate Publisher David Benz 850-261-1355; david.benz@bonniercorp.comTerritory Manager Linda Sue Dingel 407-913-4945; lindasue.dingel@bonniercorp.comDetroit Advertising Director Jeff RobergeAdvertising Sales Manager Lauren Brown 407-571-4914; lauren.brown@bonniercorp.comBONNIER MEDIAExecutive Vice President Gregory D. GattoFinancial Director Tara BiscielloEditorial Director Shawn BeanCreative Director Dave WeaverEditorial Operations Director Stephanie PancratzCopy Chief Cindy MartinGroup Marketing Director Haley BischofSenior Marketing Manager Kelly SheldonMarketing Manager Franki GiordanoMarketing Project Manager Annie DarbyProduction Director Rina Viray MurrayAssociate Production Director Kelly WeekleyProduction Manager…

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jim ritterhoff

(COURTESY JIM RITTERHOFF)YEAR DIVE CERTI FIED: 1987AGE WHEN CERTI FIED: 21DIVE CERTIFICATION LEVEL: Rescue DiverWORDS TO LIVE BY: “Any jackass can burn down a barn. It takes a leader to build one.” —C. William Ritterhoff, my fatherForce Blue is a dive program for veterans, but with an important twist, pairing scientists with combat-trained ex-military divers to create a model of cooperation in environmental activism that organizers hope will inspire the rest of us to get involved in their mission to protect coral reefs. For that, co-founder and executive director Jim Ritterhoff is our June issue Sea Hero.Q: What makes Force Blue different?A: We are comprised solely of militarytrained combat divers—which means we don’t actually have to teach anyone how to dive. Governments around the world have already done that job…

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out of sight, out of mind

Sifting through archived images in his Rhode Island home, Brian Raymond stumbled upon a series of disturbing photographs. So much has changed since his days as a commercial fisherman; yet, as he scrolled through the images, a range of emotions came flooding back.Raymond was born into a family of fishermen—and for a while, it was all he knew. For the better part of a decade, he worked on a commercial fishing vessel off New England. Most days were spent at sea hunting squid.“Growing up in a fishing family, it was always about discovery and adventure on the water, but the reality of the industry is much different than the way I remembered it,” Raymond says.During his time as a fisherman, his boat regularly hauled in nontargeted species—also known as bycatch.…

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isopora palifera

(NICOLE HELGASON)▪ Isopora forms robust colonies with thick branches, and the entire colony is covered in smooth, rounded corallites. The branches can form in upright blades stretching to the surface, but you can also find thick branches that are horizontal or irregular in shape. This coral can also be encrusting, depending on its exposure to currents and waves.▪ The top of each blade is normally a pale white when upright. But the pale color is no cause for alarm. This growing edge is just slowly acquiring its symbiotic zooxanthellae algae.▪ Isopora corallites are quite similar to Pocilopora: small, bumpy and covering the coral branches. However, the big difference is in the size of the branches and the colony. Isopora corals have thick branches that can be 3 feet tall and…

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light in the tunnel

P erfect” is a shifting base line, especially when it comes to diving. Despite the challenges of raging current, bone-aching cold or snotty visibility, some among us can find the best in even the worst. Those silver-lining divers can be an envied bunch, enjoying the messiest of conditions like it was a screensaver fantasy. However, this relentless optimism isn’t necessarily an innate ability. Perspective is completely relative. And making the most of the marginal can be a learned skill. Just ask Glen Faith.“The first two years of my diving career, I didn’t know you could even see underwater,” says the former Illinois Secretary of State Police diver, who now owns and operates Mermet Springs, a popular quarry site and full-service scuba training facility in southern Illinois. “I thought a mask…