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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What to do when you see disctressed marine life!

If you see a marine mammal in distress please call 1-888-404-FWCC. This is the number for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Office and can dispatch a team that may include our organization to help the distressed animal.

To report wildlife (birds, manatees, dolphins, whales, sea turtles, or other wildlife) covered in oil please call 1-866-557-1401

For more information on the current oil spill situation, please read the current Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Report and Situation Reportor or call the Florida Oil Spill Information Line at 1-888-337-3569.

We also ask please that you do NOT push marine mammals back to sea!

With Manatees the laws are clear. You can only tough them in Crystal River Florida and there you should only touch them if they come to you. You CAN NOT touch them when they are sleeping and you are NOT allowed to chase them. Patience and the manatee will come to you!

See this Video for an example of what NOT to do!

Scuba Lessons Inc. Comprehensive Dive Site Map for our Florida Dive Club Members!

Yes, it is true! Scuba Lessons Inc. has been hard at work developing a comprehensive dive site map that encompasses Florida, Georgia and the Bahama's. This is a collaborative effort on the part of our team of instructors and some of our club members.

The new dive site map can be viewed in Google Maps or in Google Earth. You can see and interactively navigate the site map here:
This dive map includes depths, GPS coordinates, marine life, hazards, parking or directional information, basic overviews and in some cases in depth historical data.

You can contribute at any time by emailing your site information to:

Thursday, July 1, 2010

New Chapter of M.A.R.S. Marine Animal Rescue Society Starting NOW

I would like to invite anyone with any experience in marine rescue or advanced aquatic life knowledge or advanced diver certifications to join us to volunteer to help marine animals during this crises and after.

Scuba Lessons Inc. is sponsoring a brand new chapter of M.A.R.S. Marine Animal Rescue Society in Central Florida and we need your help. Our first mission is to help the Florida Fish and Wild Life service relocate 70,000 turtle eggs from the gulf shores to the east coast and protected preserves to keep the endangered animals from getting sick in the oil slicks.

Please email or call today to join and help! Phone: 407.346.3441 or email:

Thank you!

Tina O'Connell, Founder

Saturday, June 26, 2010

1 dead Whale from the BP Oil Spill reported!

894 birds, 281 sea turtles, and 57 mammals as having perished as a direct result of the BP the oil spill in addition to currently 1466 oil-slicked, but alive birds, turtles, and mammals as of June 7th. Animals that undergo treatment and clean up efforts may survive however there long term effects remain unknown as to what oil absorption and ingestion will do to them.

June 22nd a large sperm whale is reported floating in the sea, 77 miles north of the spill. A necropcy confirmed it was the toxic BP sludge pouring into the ocean that has killed it. The large sperm whale was discovered Tuesday. The condition of the corpse suggests it may have been dead for more than a week.

The sperm whale is a toothed whale that lives in pods. It has a huge brain that weighs about 20 pounds it is the largest brain of any animal. The sperm whale has a single blowhole that is s-shaped and about 20 inches long. The blowhole is located on the left side of the front if it’s huge head. The sperm whale has a 4-12 inch thick layer of blubber.

US wildlife officials are investigating whether the deaths of six dolphins on the Gulf Coast are related to the massive oil spill. As you can see from this photo at right they were found covered in crude.

Tests are being run now to clarify if the oil spill was the contributing factor in the dolphins deaths. The dolphin carcasses have ben found in Louisians, Mississippi and Alabama since May 2nd.

There are 3,000 to 5,000 dolphins in and around Mississippi waters and an estimated 75,000 in the Gulf of Mexico.
Dozens of dead sea turtles have also been found.

The biggest threat to wildlife is the encroachment the spill is making toward the Breton National Wildlife Refuge.

At the heart of the region mow threatened by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill isa chain of islands containing tens of thousands of seabirds. Thin ribbons of sand rising no higher than 19 feet out of the gulf protect these islands — part of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge — currently hold at least 2,000 nesting pairs of brown pelicans, 5,000 pairs of royal terns, 5,000 pairs of Caspian terns, and 5,000 pairs of various seagulls and shorebirds. Earlier this week, strong winds and barrier-like booms kept the oil slick from washing ashore on Breton Island, the Chandeleur Islands, and other links in the refuge. But the National Audubon Society reported May 5 that oil had reached the beaches of the Chandeleurs, putting the abundant birdlife there in peril.

Oil-boom barriers have been placed along the shores of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge. More than 100 years of environmental protection of bird and marine life in the Gulf of Mexico is threatened by the toxic BP spill.. Since the oil boom in the gulf over the last half-century, the islands — totaling 18,000 acres, only 7,000 of which are above the mean high tide line — have endured many insults, including an oil spill several years ago that killed hundreds of brown pelicans. The biggest threat to Breton Island has already hit and the boom is not really doing any good. as you can see from this endangered brown pelican exhausted and covered in this toxic mess.
Join our branch of M.A.R.S. - Marine Animal Rescue Society today so that when it does come into the Florida regions we can pool together and do what ever we can to help these animals. We will be contacting Florida Fish and Wildlife and Sea World to commit our services when the group is large enough and trained. Please contact Tina O'Connell @ 407.346.3441 to join today.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


BP has destroyed the entire Gulf.. 58 day later they still do not have the leak sealed and they still do not have every available ship that can suck up gas in the gulf working the clean up. They hired and then laid off hundreds of employees almost for show when Obama came to review. The animals washing ashore are being bull dozed in the middle of the night for better PR.. piles being burned before morning or removed in some locations. BP should have the greedy leaders stuck in a bath of there own oily sluge and sea water until they fix this.

Thousands of staff, millions of ideas, millions of dollars and several ROVs at thier disposal and they can not cap off an oil leak in almost two months.. it is outta control.. They are murdering our oceans everywhere.. the affects will spread world wide!