Earrings Added To Store

Earring(s)!

Ocean Sands Earrings made from prehistoric manatee bone.

New Manatee Bone earrings. 11.o grams of prehistoric bone suspended from a marquis ear wire.

The Ocean Sands earring inventory has been increased in the tom-szabo.com jewelry store. The new pieces are made using prehistoric Manatee Bone. This specimen material dates back to 2.5 to 26 million years ago.

Material Recovery

Specimen materials are discovered while diving off the gulf coast of Florida off the city of Venice. The material is brought back to the studio where it is cut, ground, polished and turned in to jewelry. In this case, earrings. The manatee bone material is suspended from a Marquis ear wire. Each marquis ear wire is hand made by Tom Szabo. Next the ear wire and specimen are attached, ready to be packaged and put up on the online store.

Due to the uniqueness of each specimen, no two pieces are the same. To balance the earrings, specimens are selected based on size appearance and weight. Although all of the earrings appear similar, they can never be duplicated. If you see some thing you like in the online store, don’t expect to have an identical pair made. It just can’t happen.

To see more earring selection, check out the Ocean Sands online jewelry store. For questions or request, contact Tom Szabo by email: or by phone: 440-725-6504.

New Day Cleveland Features Ocean Sands Jewelry!

New Day Cleveland –

I hope by now you know that my jewelry line Ocean Sands has just been featured on a local TV show, New Day Cleveland, local channel Fox 8. I really had a blast working with the production crew. they made this whole process easy and FUN!

So this morning my wife Diane and I sat anxiously watching the show live. Each time they came back from commercial to begin announcing the next segment, I thought NOW? Nope. Then finally it was my turn. So here’s the segment featuring Tom Szabo, tom-szabo.com and Ocean Sands Jewelry.

To learn more you can go to my web site: tom-szabo.com and you can purchase from the on-line store. Ohhhh paleeze consider a purchase – LOL.

 

 

Prehistoric shark tooth necklace

1.8 gram prehistoric shark tooth surrounded by a 1.6 ” diameter Pectin Shell with a quartz chip on an 18″ silver plated chain.

Shell Enhances Prehistoric Shark Tooth Necklace!

Shell Enhances Shark Tooth!

Sometime prehistoric shark teeth can look a little bit lonesome. On my last visit to the Gulf side of Florida, I started picking up some nice shells on the beach. My mind started to wonde;r how could I incorporate these shells into my jewelry line Ocean Sands? Answers to questions may not always pop immediately into my head. After I returned home a thought came to mind. Why not nest a shark tooth inside the shell? In addition, why not cut the shell to allow the view to go through the back of the shell?

So I grabbed a couple of the “not-so-good” shells and headed over to the grinder to begin grinding away the back side of the shell. After a couple of attempts, I had a new addition to the shark tooth necklaces.

Shark tooth and sea shell necklace

Pectin Mollusk shell surrounding a prehistoric shark tooth with a quartz crystal accent. The pendant is on an 18 inch silver necklace.

Here’s a sample of an early design. By removing the back side of the shell, whatever the pendant is against will be seen. Whether it’s your neckline, top, or t-shirt, it will show through the necklace. These shells are similar to the shark teeth in that no two are the same. Each necklace design is unique. The odds of duplicating this piece are slim to almost NONE!

Add a pair of prehistoric shark tooth earrings and what a set! As of this post, I’ve made only seven necklaces of this shell style. I have more shells, so I will be adding more to the collection.

You’ll notice that some of the necklaces include one or more pearls to enhance the design in addition to the quartz crystal ships.

Below you will see the other necklaces in this style. They vary as to leather or chain necklaces and different lengths. The chains or leather lengths include 22″, 30″ and 34″ lengths. They should give you a different look to fit the style of your clothing and the look you want. I hope you like the new style. These pieces are all in the on-line store and available for purchase. Let me know how you like them and give me your thoughts or design suggestions!

Archeology – Learn About It

Archeology? Think about the adventures of Indiana Jones. How many of you recognize the name Jaques Cousteau?? In case you don’t, Jaques was a diver and environmentalist that dove all over the world and brought us some of the worlds first underwater video. So imagine if Jaques and Indiana had a brother? Good chance he might be an underwater archeologist.

People often ask me are there many wrecks in Lake Erie? That’s a big you betcha! Followed by; Can you see anything down there? I’ll be honest, some days the visibility is better than others. So anyway onto the topic at hand. I belong to the Maritime Archeology Survey Team (MAST). MAST members conduct surveys of the wrecks of Lake Erie. This means taking measurements of wreck features, their location and inventorying the items on the wreck. Remember Jaques and Indy? That’s a MAST Member.

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MAST routinely holds classes to teach divers the basics of underwater archeology. Got any guesses as to what might be coming up? That’s right, the Nautical Archaeology Workshop. Here you can learn the basics of ship design and construction, the legal aspect of artifacts, measuring and documenting findings.

The training involves listening to speakers on all aspects of ship wreck archeology, land based measurements and an in-water practice session this summer. Students must be at least 16 years of age.

By this time your thinking more, more, more info. No problem. You can check  the LINK to the MAST web site for class information and registration materials. Want more first hand information about wreck diving and underwater marine archeology – invite me out for coffee. Just joking, sort of, send me an email with questions. Maybe I’ll see you at the class.

UPDATE – Hey Guys, You’re Not Forgotten!

UPDATE – Since this post was released, the Megalodon Tooth Necklace inventory has been expanded. An additional 4 pieces have been added. All the new pieces are large in size and include some on leather. Happy shopping!

Hey Guys, you’re not forgotten! I know that guys can be iffy when it comes to jewelry. Some like to wear jewelry and others – NOT! But for you guys that have wondered if a piece of Ocean Sands jewelry is for you, I just put up a couple of the first larger pieces in the on-line store that might be of interest.

Each of these teeth are wire wrapped using 14 wire gage corrosion resistant aluminum wire to match the hefty size of the tooth. The chain is a 7mm wide curb style and 20 inches long. It provides plenty of mass to compliment the tooth yet have a beefy appearance to it.

Both teeth are pretty weighty in spite of the missing portions. Imagine the weight of these teeth complete – WOW!

The smaller 31.0 gram tooth is amazing with the missing enamel. The missing enamel exposes the inner composition of the tooth. Which is something not often seen is Megalodon teeth.

So if you’re wondering why there are only two necklaces in stock, teeth this size are more difficult to find. Larger teeth can be much more susceptible to damage. You’ll notice the damage to the two teeth shown in this post.

In addition, it took some time to find a chain that would compliment the mass of these larger teeth and wouldn’t break-the-bank. There are more of these larger teeth to be released. They’ll be worked on soon. So don’t despair there are only two!

This should give you a good reason to keep checking the on-line store in case one of these Meg’s doesn’t suit your fancy. These two are now in stock ready for purchase. You don’t have to wait for your very own Ocean Sands Megalodon Shark Tooth necklace. Happy shopping!

Pieces, NEW For Ocean Sands!

Pieces, NEW For Ocean Sands!

Tom’s fingers have been poking away at the keyboard here at tom-szabo.com. At this point, the on-line store for Ocean Sands jewelry has the following categories:

  • Bracelets
  • Earrings
  • Manatee Bone Necklaces
  • Shark Tooth Necklaces
  • Whale Bone Necklaces

There is inventory ready for sale in each category, that’s good for you. A great selection to choose from. Remember, these featured fossil materials date back to the Miocene and Pliocene era, about 2.5 million to 26 million years ago!

In preparing the store, some new concepts have been introduced. There are two necklaces with a sea shell ground to form a ring around a prehistoric shark tooth, suspended from pearls or a quartz crystal. If these may not be exactly what intrigues you, there are more shells in inventory. That means more variations will be on the way.

Featured in the Earrings section is the NEW tear-drop shaped Marquis wire. These new wires are 2 inches long. They provide a real long elegant look. Plans call for a 1 inch long Marquis Wire. That will allow for more and longer embellishment to the shark teeth used.

Of course these new and exciting pieces are for the near future. But don’t sit back and wait. Check out the current inventory so you don’t miss anything. I need to get back to the store. I’m looking at some nice sized Megalodon Teeth hanging from a rugged chain, They need to get put into the  store. You shouldn’t have to miss anything!

Ocean Sands Jewelry by Tom Szabo.

Ocean Sands Jewelry by Tom Szabo.

Earrings

Earrings

Ocean Sands On-line Store

I am truly excited to announce the opening of the Ocean Sands On-Line store by tom-szabo.com. You can go directly to the store at: https://tom-szabo.com/jewelry/shop-ocean-sands/

At this time you can view and purchase Necklaces and Earrings. The first lot of inventory has been put up for sale. More inventory will follow. Please take some time to look over the jewelry available and please invite your friends to come shopping. If you encounter any problems with the store function, please let me know right away. I cycled through most all functions with no problems – but you never know.

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tom-szabo.com, Ocean Sands, jewelry, photography, scuba instruction.

Thank you,

Happy shopping!

Tom Szabo

New Design Earrings – Shark Tooth, Now Available

NEW DESIGN Earrings!

tom-szabo.com announces the release of a NEW earring design. The initial set is made of:

  • 2 – Prehistoric shark teeth, approximately .6 Gms each.
  • Tooth length: 11/16″ to 3/4″
  • Mounting: 20 Ga. round silver plated wire
  • Earring Wire: 20 Ga. round silver plated wire in a 2″ Marquis form

Tom Szabo recovers prehistoric shark teeth and other materials while scuba diving off Venice, Florida. These prehistoric items are found in 25 to 30 feet of water. The shark teeth in this pair of earrings came from his “haul”. Tom hand made this new design pair of earrings in this new design. His studio is located in Concord Township, Ohio, . More inventory will be made available soon.

The new design earrings compliment tom-szabo.com’s Ocean Sands line of jewelry. Ocean Sands jewelry also includes necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The featured center pieces are from prehistoric: shark teeth, manatee and whale bone from the Miocene and Pliocene eras. These eras date back 2.5 million to 26 million years ago.

The Ocean Sands line of jewelry can be seen on the website: www.tom-szabo.com and at https://www.etsy.com/shop/tomszabo. To purchase Ocean Sands jewelry, contact tom-szabo.com at 440-354-2535 or visit the website. Locally, Ocean Sands jewelry can be purchased at Craftsmiths in Perry Township, Ohio and Starfish And Coffee in Painesville, Ohio. This new set retails for $31.95 + tax.

Prehistoric shark tooth earrings

NEW DESIGN, ST1.2 ER MA-2 S; Prehistoric shark tooth earrings (.6 Gm each, 11/16′ to 3/4″ long) on 20 Ga. Silver Plated Marquis wires.

NEWS: tom-szabo.com At Craftsmiths!

NEWS:

Jewelry Outlet Announcement

tom-szabo.com announces the Ocean Sands line of Jewelry is now available through CraftSmiths in Perry, Ohio. Artist Tom Szabo turns his hobbies into business opportunities. In addition, the photographer and scuba instructor has added jewelry to his portfolio of businesses.

Most noteworthy, pre-historic materials are the basis for Ocean Sands jewelry. These materials are pre-historic shark teeth, manatee and whale bone along with others. Because Tom is a scuba diver all of these materials Tom finds himself. While in his studio, he cuts, grinds, polishes and mounts his specimens to make unique jewelry creations.

So, CraftSmiths now has Ocean Sands necklaces, ankle bracelets and ear rings on display and available for purchase. While CraftSmiths is located at 3708 S. Ridge Rd., Perry OH, 4408, more information is available at www.craftsmiths3708.com.

Manatee Bone on Gold Necklace

4 Manatee Bone segments, 9.1 gm total fossil weight, On 18 in. gold color necklace. Item number: MB4-09.1-18G
Price: $49.95 + tax & shipping

Health Or Scuba – Which Came First?

Health is certainly an issue in scuba diving. As a scuba instructor, I’ve heard people claim they’re too old for the sport. I say you’re never too old. Yes you need to be healthy, but isn’t that important for life in general?

So what to do? First, assess your general overall health. Not strength but fitness and health. This has to do with the mental and physical aspects of the sport. Any scuba training requires the completion of a medical statement. This is a good opportuntity to evaluate yourself. Should you have a “Yes” answer to any question on the questionnaire, you need your physician to sign off on that issue. This is a good time to discuss your physical condition with your doctor. Let him any questions you have and help you understand the requirements of scuba diving.

In order to be successful in your training, you want to have a high level of comfort with your instructor or the dive center you’re using. Take your concerns to them, to better understand the sport and why certain physical or medical conditions are important and how to address them.

To give you some sense of diving and age, check out this article. It’s about Ray Wooley. He recently completed his personal challenge to complete 29 dives. Why 29? The number is the reverse of his age. Yes, Ray completed his challenge at 92 years of age. Now you really have to read the article don’t you!

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Underwater Archeology Site

Archeology

Diving archeologists have been working on a site in a Florida river. The results are helping to dispute that the Clovis group were the first humans to be in the area. The sire has exposed an ancient butchering site for Mastodons. To learn more, read on……

If your interested in underwater archeology, please check out the Maritime Archeological Survey Team (MAST). The group provide basic and advanced classes in underwater archeology. Specifically related to shipwrecks. Or contact Tom Szabo via this site’s Contact page.

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A diver records details for a MAST underwater archeology class.

Scuba Diving In Key Largo, FL

Scuba Diving In Key Largo, FL

Scuba Diving In Key Largo, FL

In March of 2016, my wife Diane and I vacationed in Florida. What a great time to leave NE Ohio!

Out With The Old!

As a photographer, it’s important to use updated camera gear. So when it came time to consider updating my main studio camera body, I was faced with what to do with my camera and housing for my underwater photography? The plan was to upgrade my main camera body to a Canon 70D. My older Canon T3i would become my back up body. Problem: The T3i would not fit my current Ikelite Housing, urgh! I called my good friend and Ikelite rep, Dave Haas (Haas Images).

Dave’s suggestion: Sell both camera bodies (T3i & Xsi) and the Ikelite Housing. Then purchase the Canon 70D, Canon SL1 DSLRs and the housing for the Canon SL1. After evaluating the economics of all this, I made the decision to move forward. In addition, this needed to be done for my trip to Florida. This would be a good chance to try the equipment while diving.

Canon T3i DSLR camera body.

Canon T3i DSLR camera body.

XSi DSLR Body

Canon XSi DSLR Camera body.

Ikelite camera housing

Ikelite underwater housing for a Canon XSi DSLR camera body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Problems With Poor Viz!

After arriving in Florida, the first dives were to search for more fossil material for my jewelry line. Diving off Venice, FL means diving the gulf side of Florida. As a result the water temperature was around 66 to 69 degrees and visibility ranged from 1 to 3 feet. Certainly do-able for fossil hunting. Not so great for photography.

After checking out of Siesta Key, we made the drive to Key Largo, FL. Diving conditions improved. Water temps were around 74 to 76 degrees and visibility ran 40 to 60 feet. After getting the new Canon SL1 set up in the housing, a trip to the pool was in order for some testing. Later, it was off to the dive boat. I only had time for 2 days of diving, so photography time was premium. You can see the results by checking out my images from Key Largo.

Anchor Winch

Anchor winch from 19th century vessel in 27 feet of water.

Your comments are welcomed!

Scuba Season Around the Corner!

Scuba Season Around the Corner!

Scuba – If you are a diver in Northeast Ohio and you’re looking for a dive buddy, let me know. My schedule permits for a flexible dive schedule, weekdays and weekends. A good place for local diving is Whitestar Quarry.

If you’re interested in diving Lake Erie, consider volunteering for MAST. Members perform archeological surveys of sunken ships. Have fun and help document our maritime history. Check out the MAST website for more information.

You can reach me at the following:

Tom Szabo

440-354-2535 (Office)

440-725-6504 (Cell)

Apex Predator - pacific reef shark. Scuba Dive

Apex Predator – pacific reef shark.

Lion Fish Inavade Atlantic Ocean

Almost every diver who’s been the the western Pacific Ocean will come home bragging they saw Lion Fish. They are a beautiful species! However, they’ve become a big problem in the Atlantic Ocean. Why? They are considered an invasive species. Lion Fish are very prolific. They can lay upwards of 30,000 eggs every 4 to 5 days.

Lion Fish live on the small reef fish and their numbers are dwindling. That means  the juvenile fish needed to maintain fish populations could be gone. The smaller reef fish eat algae which keeps coral healthy.

To help combat the problem divers have taken to spear fishing Lion Fish. In a lot of locations the season for them is wide open. In fact many restaurants welcome the fish for their menu.

Cayman Islands has announced this weekend will be a Lion Fish hunting weekend making a big event out of it. So if your in the Cayman Islands this weekend, get your spear ready, dive in and  go hunting.

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Lion Fish have hypodermic like venomous spines.

Necklace By Tom Szabo, Jeweler

Necklace by Tom Szabo.

This is a new necklace created by Tom Szabo. The pendant consists of a 1 inch long Tiger Shark fossil tooth below a 5/8″ X 7/8″ Turquoise stone. The two pieces are silver plated wire wrapped for connection and stability hanging from an 18 inch long silver plated chain.

The silver chain, silver wire are striking against the fossil tooth and the Turquoise stone. As you can see, the necklace looks stunning against black.

The shark tooth was found by Tom Szabo while scuba diving off Venice beach on the gulf side of Florida. Tom will be creating more jewelry from the materials found during his dives – stay tuned!

For more information or pricing, contact Tom Szabo at:

440-354-2535 (Office)

440-725-6504 (Cell)

(Email)

www.tom-szabo.com

Necklace - Tiger Shark tooth fossil with turquoise stone.

Tiger Shark fossil tooth with Turquoise stone pendant on silver chain.

Scuba Diver Brave, Stupid Or Lucky.

Scuba Diver Touches Shark!

I caught this scuba diver article on my FB feed. The image was of a diver reaching out from a shark cage to touch the snout of a great white shark. Brave, Stupid or Lucky?

Apparently the cage was baited to attract the animal(s).  I tend to disagree with feeding as a way to attract animals – well except maybe birds. I’ve seen animals become very friendly with divers who feed them regularly. While this is cute, I’m not sure it’s geed for the animal.

Every critter in the food chain has a purpose. Maybe it’s population control, eliminating the sick or injured or keeping the environment clean. I believe associating humans with a food source is not in the animal’s interest. Anyway, read the article and check out the picture. Then give me your thoughts!

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Shark Feeding? Your thoughts. Image by Tom Szabo.

Scuba Divers + Underwater Gardens

Scuba Divers have begun to plant gardens underwater.

I suppose if certain aquatic plants will do well underwater, than why not vegetables. Using huge bubbles in 26 feet of water, they have started growing lettuce. The whole project has been going on for 3 years. Seeds and soil need to to be brought down in sealed containers. Scuba divers are able to work in the air filled bubbles without wearing a mask. You can read more in the full article.

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MAST In-Water Training

I’m very fortunate to be able to enjoy some really cool hobbies.  The two major ones are photography and scuba diving.  If I’m able to enjoy both at the same time, life just can’t get any better!

As a member of the Maritime Archeological Survey Team (MAST), I also am pleased to serve on the board.  These are some great people and even better volunteers.  On May 18,2014, we conducted the in-water training session for the basic underwater archeology class at White Star Quarry in Gibsonburg, OH.  During this portion of the training, students use the measuring and documentation skills they learned in the classroom environment, while scuba diving.  Everyone finds out how different it is during an actual scuba dive vs. dry land.

Hopefully my images will give you some sense of how the divers, use a tape measure, record their data on their clip board and actually try to measure the features of an archeological site.  It really is a fun activity!

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Tom Szabo, Photographer Exhibit – “Shrimp To Sharks” helps Project Hope!

Pacific reef shark

A 20X30 inch print of this image is on exhibit.

Clown fish in anomone
This image of Clown Fish is also on exhibit!

Everyone in business will tell you that opportunities can come about at any time and from anywhere. Recently Environments By Design invited me to display my underwater photography in their showroom. In addition, the gallery opening provided an opportunity to raise funds for one of my favorite organizations – Project Hope, a Lake County shelter for the homeless.

Please mark your calendar for the opening on Friday May 3, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT. The exhibit is at:
Environments By Design
7204 Pearl Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

Won’t you please register for the gallery opening and help Project Hope? For more information and to register go to the registration page.

I look forward to seeing you Friday, May 3, 2013!

Photographer and Scuba Diving Instructor Now A MAST Board Member

On April 14, 2012 the Maritime Archeological Survey Team unanimously voted area photographer and scuba diving instructor Tom Szabo to its board of directors.  The Maritime Archeological Survey Team, also known as MAST is a nonprofit avocational group.  Members work to document Ohio’s historic underwater resources. MAST was formed March, 2000, and is composed of volunteers who support and participate in research, documentation, underwater archaeological surveys, and educational workshops.  MAST also manages buoy markers for 10 shipwrecks in Lake Erie.  Divers can tie off their boat to the buoys.  This prevents anchor damage to the wrecks.

Tom Szabo is a photographer and owns A Thomas Image, a commercial, portrait, underwater and wedding photography studio in Concord Twp., Ohio.  In addition, he is a PADI certified Master Scuba Diver Trainer diving instructor. Tom has taken MAST classes, worked on many underwater archeological surveys.  “I have been very impressed with the level of volunteers and their commitment of time and work to support MAST” said Szabo.

Scuba diving in Lake Erie is different than diving in the Caribbean.  MAST divers don’t seem to mind.  Diving a wreck in Lake Erie provides a sense of excitement not found elsewhere.  It’s that sense of exploration by members that caught Tom’s attention and made him very interested in MAST.  Szabo said “I look forward to working with everyone associated with MAST and hope I can make a positive contribution to their work!”

Anyone interested in MAST can learn more at the organizations web site: http://www.ohiomast.org.  Tom Szabo can be reached using contact information found at the studio web site: http://www.blog.athomasimage.com.

Portrait of Tom Szabo, photographer and scuba diving instructor

Tom Szabo, Photographer and Scuba Diving Instructor

Birthday Party Celebration And Underwater Photography

Take a special event like a child birthday, a swimming pool,
a hot summer day and what do you have?  A
great opportunity to photograph kids underwater.  I recently photographed one such birthday
party.

 

I arrived in advance of the party.  This gave me time to assemble my scuba gear
and set up the digital camera in the Ikelite underwater camera housing with 2
underwater strobes.  After explaining to
all the party-goers the plan, I dropped down on the bottom of the pool and
started shooting away.  The gals were
just as hammy as they could be.  They
really had a good time.  On a hot summer
day, I enjoyed the time on the bottom of the pool also!

Swimming pool and underwater photography.

Ashley's birthday party!

You Only Like Me In The Western Pacific!

Scuba divers spend large sums of money traveling to the western Pacific Ocean in search of the beautiful but venomous Lionfish.  Returning divers are eager to share even mediocre images of these creatures to amaze divers and non-divers alike.  They are indeed a beautiful creature.

Lionfish in Vieques, PR

But move those same adventurous divers to the western Atlantic and the situation changes drastically.  Lionfish in the Atlantic are the basis for fear, concern, studies and hunting.  What’s makes the Atlantic different from the Pacific?  Lionfish are not native to the western Atlantic.  They feed on small reef fish, commercial fish, shrimp and crabs.  Since these invaders are not native, their prey have not been able to develop a defense mechanism.  So their population now grows unchecked.

On a recent trip to Vieques, PR I had the opportunity to see firsthand the extent of their invasion.  I would not be uncommon to spot 6 to 12 Lionfish of various sizes on a single dive.  Many of the divers working for local dive shops would plan their own recreational dives to hunt the invaders.  Hunting would certainly provide a tasty change in their meals and help with population control.

Lionfish dorsal, pectoral and anal fins have hypodermic like spines that carry venom to their prey.  This same venom can be very painful to humans and requires medical attention.  In addition Lionfish have no western Atlantic predators to help control or overtake the current population.  So their numbers are on the rise with no limit in sight. 

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Lionfish have hypodermic like venomous spines.

It has not been confirmed yet as to how this graceful creature was introduced to these waters.  But experts suspect aquarium owners of dumping unwanted specimens into the ocean and they may have been released from large aquarium facilities as the result of hurricane activity.

Lion fish have been spotted, photographed or documented from Miami north to North Carolina, The Gulf of Mexico, Bermuda, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panamá, Columbia and Venezuela.  At this time it is not known how well they tolerate cooler water temperatures.  As a result predicting the limits of their potential territory is difficult.

There does appear to be one containment method on the horizon – eat them.  They are reported to be quite tasty.  A Lionfish cookbook has been published and can be found at:

http://www.reef.org/catalog/cookbook

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Eat ‘em to get rid of ‘em!

Although it much more convenient to see these beauties in the Atlantic/Caribbean, Most would rather people have to travel to the western Pacific for the view.  Only time will tell what the future hold for this beautiful invader.

All images and content are Copyright, Tom Szabo, (c) 2011

Tobermory Ontario

Western Reserve Photographic Society, a local camera camera club recently announced a photography travel trip to the Bruce Peninsula near Tobermory, Ontario.  The trip is designed to allow nature photographers to shoot till their hearts content!

I had the opportunity to travel to Tobermory on two separate occasion and dive the wrecks.  And, yes there a lot of them.  The cold fresh water has preserved wrecks that went down 100 years ago or more.  I hope you enjoy this short tour above and below the water.

http://www.blog.athomasimage.com/tobermory/tobermory