Dave Fortinís Aquatic Mammals (a.k.a. Dive Partners)
This page is a
collection of people that I have had the pleasure of diving with here at Kwajalein.†
The collection is by no means inclusive.†
Iím still learning the photography gig and these are the ones that came
out good enough to show!† I am a bit
behind in scanning in my slides, so if you dove with me and donít see your
photo, donít be offended.† I probably
just havenít gotten to it yet!
Alan was out here for a while and learned
to dive while at Kwajalein.†
Alan, you wanted proof that you went diving, well, here it is!
Blair visits us frequently and he is
always great to have along while he is here.†
Doug has been around Kwajalein for some time now.† For many years he was the person who
maintained the buoys on the wrecks.†
Elane and Tessa
Elane (left) is a frequent visitor to Kwajalein.†
I am not convinced she is a mammal as it appers that she does not
consume air!† If you dive with her, donít
be concerned about the little air tank that she uses.† It will be more than enough!† Tessa (right) is her niece who lives here on
I believe that Eric also learned to dive
here on Kwajalein.†
I believe that I have a photo of his dad on the Dai-San wreck page.
I met Jim though Madelain.†
The three of us dove together regularly until Madelain moved away.† Jim remains as my most regular dive partner
to this day.† Thanks for introducing us Madelain!
I met Kent perhaps my second day or so on island,
but we never dove together until several years later.† We were talking about underwater
photography.† Kent is a great resource for anything dealing
with photography, so it was great to learn what I could from him.† It ended up that Kent, Karen (his wife) and I
became regular dive partners for a while until they moved back to the States.† Thanks for the great diving guys!
Hereís a recent photo (summer 2004) of
Linda up at Marita Shoals.† I think there
is a little bit of an optical illusion going on, but not too much.† The clam must be roughly four feet across (I
bet Scott knows exactly).†† Linda comes
to us from Hawaii and never passes up a chance to dive.† She doesnít consume air either!
Hereís a shot of Lisa during her first
tour on Kwajalein.†
She is now back for her second tour and is also a dive instructor.
While I was diving with Kent and Karen on
Sundays, they dove with Madelain on Mondays.† When Kent and
Karen left we were both left without dive partners, so Kent and Karen
introduced us.† At the same time Jim Bishop arrived on island and we became regular
dive partners.† Madelain loved to catch fish for herself and
others, so we usually went out with a purpose.†
As you can tell by the picture, Madelain was quite serious about catching
fish!† Madelain also made a great turkey sandwich.† Somehow snacks on the boat just havenít been
the same since she left!† How she could
move from the tropics to Alaska Iíll never understand!†
Scott was one of the first few people
that I met on Kwajalein.†
Our sponsor took us to the post office shortly after we arrived and I
was introduced to Scott who was standing in line ahead of us.† Scott is well respected in the marine life
community with his specialty being nudibranchs.†
Scott has produced several videos on the local marine life and even the
shipwrecks.† Each video has a booklet to
explain each scene.† His videos are
perhaps the most valuable references in identifying critters here at Kwajalein.†
Here we are at ďShark CityĒ which is a bit of a misnomer as far as
I can tell.† Apparently this nurse shark
is a regular and Scott knew roughly where he would be.† I didnít see another shark the whole
dive!† This was the same day that I took
the photo of Linda and the Giant clam above.†
Thanks Scott for a couple great dives!
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