Oceanic Dreams caters to the dreams of many divers—swimming with sharks. Swimming with sharks can be exhilarating—and terrifying. Live vicariously through this blog, which specializes in photos and news articles about sharks, how to dive with them, where to go, and what not to do.
Every shark scientist knows "Doc Gruber" - but what do we, the general public, really know about him and his work?...
Not much probably, other than some basic facts of his achievements as one of the most, if not the most prominent and illustrious shark science pioneer he has been during the last half century. The "Doc" is now retired, a professor emeritus of the University of Miami, but he is still going strong, academically and otherwise, continuing his scientific investigation with graduate students in his Shark Lab in Bimini. He does his job energetically and with all the enthusiasm of a curious and adventurous youngster. Folks like him age as everybody else does, all right, but they never grow old...The "Doc" in his early twenties (1963) - with looks like that he could have also become a sex icon in Hollywood ... Do I exaggerate, ladies?... :-) :-)Same "Doc" - just some fifty year later...I have the privilege to know "Doc" Gruber (I call him "Docman"; he calls me "Wolfman") as a friend, drawn to each other mainly by our love of sharks and old airplanes, which he actually flies as some sort of a co-pilot. But as stated in the title of this blog, I didn't really know that much about his background as a distinguished marine biologist myself - until now, that is.Now, shark ethologist and conservationist Ila France-Porcher has published Part 1 of an in-depth biography of "Doc" Gruber in the latest issue of the X-Ray Magazine that will most certainly captivate all those who know him or know about him - a very large international fan club, I'd say. Ila has written a remarkable biography about the "Doc", just as one would expect from her as a multi-talented editor and accomplished book author. Here it is, enjoy the read:http://www.xray-mag.com/pdfs/articles/SharkTales_IlaFrancePorcher_64_locked.pdfPart 2 and possibly Part 3 of Ila's article will appear in the next two issues of the magazine.
You've seen the Helson Shark Diver Watch before - in Steel.
Now, Helson came out with some incredibly attractive models in bronze (left on the above image). To me, they don't look like regular watches anymore - they look like submarine instruments, and their appearance is reminiscent of hard hat diving helmets which means a lot to me: It's helmet divers back in the mid-forties that ignited my lifelong passion for the underwater world. Thus, apart from being extremely tough, masculinely heavy and dependable pieces of horology engineering at its best, just looking at the Helson bronze watches evoke pure nostalgia in me....As any other bronze object, the bronze Helson watches tend to acquire an incomparably beautiful patina after a short while, which is what makes them so very special.Have a look at Helson's website:http://www.helsonwatch.com/watches.phpAnd read what I wrote about the regular Helson Shark Diver watches before:http://fleander.blogspot.com/2010/07/you-dont-have-to-be-shark-diver-to-own.htmlAs I stated in that blog, because of the very affordable price at which these watches can be bought, I got myself a total of four (yes: four!) Shark Diver versions in different colors. Needless to say, very soon I will be the owner of the bronze model.... :-)I know Peter Helson, and asked him whether he would offer my blog readers a special "OceanicDreams Discount" of 10%. He gallantly said: "My pleasure!"So, in case you want to buy a Shark Diver watch in bronze, order it online, and simply mention the "OceanicDreams" code to get your discount.http://www.helsonwatch.com/watches.phpIn case you would like to have additional information, contact the Helson people:http://www.helsonwatch.com/contact-us.phpBest wishes, and have the most memorable sharks dives of your lives in 2015!!Wolf
Chiara, my beloved dog died while I was away.
Chiara: Intelligent, sensitive, loving, and lovable - a real 'mensch'...Click to enlargeI just discovered this blog in my drafts box - simply forgot to publish it. Even though Chiara died 6 months ago, I feel that I have to honor her by posting the blog, however belatedly. I have had Chiara since August 2008, and we grew quietly and deeply to be emotionally dependent on each other. There is not much more I want to say about our special relationship, except that both Lupi and I are devastated after losing Chiara. Lupi, her close and only companion during the last 6 years, will definitely miss her more than me.The guards of our gated community who looked after Chiara during my absence told me that she would not eat anymore for no apparent reason, and as a consequence "simply" passed away within some four days. Had I been around, it might not have happened as I would obviously have taken her to our vet right away. On the other hand, perhaps it was time for Chiara to exit the world. She must have been 12 years old when she died - that would correspond to 84 years of human life.I will miss Chiara, and will try to comfort Lupi by being especially attentive to him and giving him more goodies to ease the pain that fate had in store for him. Often, it is the survivors, not the departed, that are to be mourned....
- Dec 29, 2014 Chiara, my beloved dog died while I was away.
- Dec 28, 2014 I promise not to post family pics anymore...
- Dec 17, 2014 PJ Dunick
- Dec 16, 2014 With an image like this one....
- Aug 23, 2014 Cancel NBCs Shark Hunters
- Aug 19, 2014 Sinus Torture
- Aug 09, 2014 Discovery Shark Week 2014
- Jul 26, 2014 Neal Watson - King of Hypocrites
- Jul 04, 2014 Is my Underwater Photography "Art"?
- Jun 21, 2014 Jean-Francois Avenier - known to everybody as "Jifa" (1947 - 2014)
- May 17, 2014 Tiger Beach - and an end in sight, unfortunately.
- May 17, 2014 Sharks: To touch or not to touch them - that is not a question for Mike Neumann.
- Jan 03, 2014 William Winram - New World Record 145 meters
- Jan 02, 2014 2014: Feel like refreshing your marriage, concubinage, platonic friendship?
- Dec 30, 2013 Three Little White Sharks...
- Dec 17, 2013 It looks like I might have overlooked Felix lately...
- Dec 11, 2013 Love in the Autumn of Life.
- Dec 08, 2013 Yearning for my father - or: The dates I will never forget.
- Dec 03, 2013 "Smiley" - the rising star of Tiger Beach.
- Nov 28, 2013 To touch or not to touch...
- Nov 26, 2013 Neither Felix nor I will ever scuba-dive with sharks.
- Nov 26, 2013 The two Wolves....
- Oct 23, 2013 Peru: Dolphin as Shark Bait
- Sep 30, 2013 Well, yes, I know: I am a silly and typically biased grand-dad...