Sunday, December 09, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Saturday brought us a beautiful clear sky and a brisk wind. It also brought us almost zero viz! But since when has that ever stopped our Dive Team?
But wait ..what is that large white area over by the dock? What was our final find of the day? A commercial bathroom stall door! We all laughed and pulled it from the water. Just another piece of debris to add to the massive cleanup at Point Pleasant.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
4:30 minutes in the Point Pleasant Beach Rescue Dive Team is mentioned for the work and service it performed for the community during Hurricane Sandy...
Jonathan is the Captain on the Point Pleasant Beach First Aid Team and Megan is a EMT...
Monday, November 05, 2012
Sunday, November 04, 2012
Our day Monday was spent like so many other Rescue and First Aid teams, transferring people to shelters and doing our best to provide help where needed. As the day wore on, the weather worsened. The local gas station had its roof ripped off of the pump area, trees were falling left and right, power line after power line fell and the wind gusts were up to 60 mph.
Saturday, November 03, 2012
Living In Virginia I can only follow the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy by the photos I get off the internet, emailed from friends and team members of the Point Pleasant First Aid Rescue Dive Dive Team, and very short cell phone conversations. Many people I work with in Virginia know that I am from NJ for I have been called a "Yankee" from time to time but many have shown concern and have asked about the storm damage...
I have shown the above photo of the Mantoloking bridge to them as a focus point and the damage to the Jersey Shore area other than the usual shots of the Seaside boardwalk which has been a big media draw and shown numerous times... Damage to Mantoloking is alot like the damage that occured to Key West a few years back with hurricane Wilma where KW was not hit directly by Wilma but the storm pushed a lot of water into the Gulf of Mexico and when the storm was gone the water escaped back into the ocean since there was no longer a driving wind to keep it in the Gulf. The storm surge and damage came from the Gulf side instead of Ocean side...
The above Mantoloking photo shows the water running from the top of the photo (West) to the bottom of the photo and towards the Ocean (East)....
(Thanks to Jerry for the use of the following photos showing the damage to the Mantoloking bridge area)
Sunday, October 07, 2012
Sunday Ocyober 14th, 2012
The Point Pleasant Dive Team will be holding a "Artifact Salvage" seminar available to the public to show how to identify,clean, and preserve artifacts that people have found along the shore....
Sunday, August 12, 2012
However, as always it was our interactive touch tank that fascinated and thrilled both children and grandparents alike. Our touch tank shows what you may see if you were to dive in the waters of New Jersey . Sea Stars, Star Coral, Spider Crabs, Snails and more are included in our mini collection. We dive first thing in the morning to collect our specimens and enough water to keep them happy and healthy.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Photos of seal reported by Chet Nesley at Gull Island, Pt Pleasant NJ on 3/4/12, taken around 12:00 noon. Seal was hauled out at the base of the train bridge and would quickly return to the water when the train crossed the bridge. He would swim around and dive at this location and then haul out again. I checked again around 5:00 pm and seal was not at this location and no site of him in the water.
Friday, March 02, 2012
Today, Feb 26, 2012, we had an excellent turnout for our Blowout Sinker Sale. Ocean Fire Co. #1 invited us again to table at their annual Fisherman's Flea Market, held at Antrim School. With a beautiful day, the event was well-attended, and fortunately 13 members were available to pack out 2116 pounds of sinkers. (In case you were wondering, that's nine FULL 5-gallon buckets. Of course, you shouldn't ACTUALLY fill a five gallon bucket with lead and try to move it. We did a scientific investigation and proved that it will break.)
Our crew of Professional Sinker Sorters were busy sorting the whole morning and preparing custom orders to exacting specifications. Or not. (When you want to get rid of a ton of lead, it becomes necessary to throw in an extra handful here and there.) Mike and Justin were so busy selling, we actually ran out of bags and had to make a supermarket run. We also sold lures (hand-polished by Flo), F-Cove salvaged sunglasses, and a handful of vintage bottles. In the meantime, Larry the Singing Lobster kept the kids busy with his only two songs.
In the end, we did have to take back home some bottles, lures, and a rusty anchor that just couldn't pass muster. And Larry. BUT NO LEAD. This was our best sinker sale to date, so thanks to everyone who stopped by and to our hosts.
Can we take ONE week off from collecting now? Not if we want to have 2500 pounds next year...
WHAT WE LEARNED TODAY:
1. Full buckets of sinkers are HEAVY!!! LIFT WITH THE LEGS!!!!
2. Kids LOVE Larry the Lobster.....Adults DO NOT!!! (Except Flo)
3. There are some things you cant even GIVE away!!
Sinker dive facts
52 sinker dives in 51 weeks
Biggest haul 288lbs
Most sinkers came out of manasquan inlet
five dives in shark river inlet
two dives on the wreck of the delaware
two dives at the highlands bridge
It took eight people six hours to clean and sort the sinkers.
Best sinker spot is sue's sinker garden, over five hundred lbs of sinkers came from that one spot.