Hey! A new children's book featuring ocean life is here!
If you have enjoyed "Harry Hawksbill Helps His Friends" or "Gracie Green Turtle Finds Her Beach", then you are going to enjoy Paul's latest book, "Larry Loggerhead Travels to the Sea Turtle Hospital."
Larry Loggerhead the sea turtle has suffered a severe injury to his shell due to passing boats in the area, and needs medical attention. His friends come to his aid, helping him on his journey to the Sea Turtle Hospital, and they meet other interesting critters along the way.
(SPOILER ALERT): Happily, Larry Loggerhead makes it to the hospital, and his stay there is documented in photos as the staff tend his injuries, help him recover, and finally, release him back into the ocean!
This sweet book is filled with interesting facts about sea turtles and other ocean animals, and demonstrates an empathy and caring for one another that is very touching. The colourful photos inside depict the sea turtles and other ocean creatures from Paul's own photography, and will give you and your little one lots of things to talk about. Enjoy!
Jody and I have decided to sponsor a family through the Salvation Army this year. We started shopping from the family wish list today!
We have been asked by some of our amazing divers if we are going to do a charity event in lieu of our annual Christmas charity dinner, so we thought we would extend an invitation to you to join us; either through sponsoring your own youth/family, or shop from our list as well. Our family is a single mom with 4 kids, and their needs and wants are listed below. They know they cannot expect everything on their list, but sponsors do what they can.
I have listed their needs on the left, and their wants/wishes on the right. I will try to keep this as up to date as possible:
13 year-old boy
8 year-old girl
6 year-old girl
2 year-old boy
I had already enjoyed Paul’s first children’s book, “Harry Hawksbill helps his friends”, and now I have the opportunity to read Paul’s second book, “Gracie Green Turtle finds her beach” with my little granddaughter.
Paul’s colourful underwater photography illustrates the story for the reader, and while you read about poor Gracie’s plight looking for a beach so she can lay her eggs, you learn a little bit about sea turtles and the challenges they are facing as they share this planet with us humans.
It is a wonderful and playful way for a little one to learn about ocean conservation and the impact we humans have on marine life and the health of the marine eco system. My granddaughter was mesmerized by the photos of the sea turtles, and peppered me with question after question about them!
Thank you for another sweet tale to share with the kids, Paul; the more we learn, the more we love, the more we can help, because:
“People protect what they love…”
You can find Paul’s children’s books here (along with some of his scuba-thriller novels):
Paul’s local paper recently interviewed him about his diving, underwater photography, and books:
by Jill Smith
Author: Taylor Abreu
Many people don't understand just how big the Bahamas is. When comparing it to countries like Canada and the United States on the map, is does indeed appear to be quite small...however, Bahamas is made up of 700 islands & islets (small islands), and approximately 2000 cays spread over 100,000 square feet of ocean.
The country experienced a huge and unimaginable devastation when Hurricane Dorian hit. Lives were lost, hundreds of people are still missing, homes were destroyed and two of their largest islands were flooded. As a Category 5 Hurricane, Dorian was the strongest on record to ever hit the Bahamas.
Dorian wiped out everything and left the island's residents with nothing. Some families were separated, and some families still are. They wake up every day to the realization that this still isn’t a bad dream. They’re thankful every day for all that is being done to help, but we as surrounding communities need to understand the importance of continuing to travel to Bahamas right now.
As mentioned above, several people don’t realize the true size of the Bahamas, or just how many islands make up the whole country. Two of the 700 islands were majorly affected by Hurricane Dorian in September... TWO! Nassau, for example, remains a beautiful destination to enjoy a week-long vacation by the pool, by the beach, or even underwater - diving! There is no better way to support the country in this crucial time of need, than to go there. If everyone puts their travels to the Bahamas on pause, their economy will continue to sink.
The reason I’m writing this is because it saddens me every time someone mentions avoiding Bahamas in their upcoming travels. “Why would you go there?” “Is it even safe yet?” “But everything is destroyed!” The Bahamas is one of the most incredibly beautiful Caribbean countries I’ve ever had the fortune of visiting… and it still is exactly that. The water is this beautiful, crystal-clear turquoise blue. The sand is soft and warm from the sun. The sunsets and sunrises vary from deep reds and oranges, to bright pinks and purples. The underwater world is full of life, from sharks to schools of squid. It’s an absolutely breathtaking country, and it needs your help.
What better way to support a country, than to book a vacation down south?