Like most of the southern United States, Florida is experiencing a severe drought. There was rain in much of southern Florida yesterday but we stayed dry at the Florida Sea Base. There is a 20% chance of rain today in our local forecast. Rain came very close around 0500 and Plantation Key and Key Largo did get a little rain early this morning. There are two active tropical systems in the Pacific, but the Atlantic and Caribbean remain quiet today. At this time of year we have to take it day by day.
Sunday is always a big scuba arrival day. With Dr. Ellen Wyatt absent due to her sister’s illness, Nancy Wells has moved from her position in Admin as Registrar to working in the Program Office checking crews in and out. Today will be crazy hectic with arriving crews. Scuba Commissioner Laura Kuras and I will help her as much as we can. HURRY BACK ELLEN. THE PLACE IS FALLING APART! Capt. Dennis Wyatt reports that Ellen’s sister is improving and Ellen may be able to return this week.
Eco-Adventure News —
New this year as part of Eco adventure is a tour of a working coral growing farm. Our Scouts were able to learn about how coral grows and some of the dangers faced by our reefs before we ventured out to the Atlantic side reefs to snorkel. The tour really helped the Scouts see some of the complexity behind the beauty of the reef. I have attached a picture taken by one of the dad’s on the trip.
Captain Harold Ochstein
I was in the office until about 2100 last night having an emergency session with Scuba Commissioner Laura Kuras re-working today’s scuba staff schedule for this week’s rotation. About half of the scuba staff is injured, sick, getting sick or otherwise of diminished capacity. As is common each year, some kind of bug seems to be going around the staff. (I tell the staff to quit kissing on each other but that doesn’t seem to help.) Laura and I have until noon today to make sure everything is covered.
Happy Father’s Day! I love you Dad. And this is a special Father’s Day for me because my son will be a dad in about 6 weeks.
Capt. Steve Willis
Aboard S/V Escape