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Scuba Shack Radio #14 – 9-8-19

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In this episode we discuss scuba tank visual inspections, age and diving, Sea Hunt – the other pilot episode

We learn early on in our training that there are two different types of inspections for scuba tanks – hydrostatic (every 5 years) and the annual visual inspection. Only the hydrostatic test
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In this episode we discuss scuba tank visual inspections, age and diving, Sea Hunt – the other pilot episode

We learn early on in our training that there are two different types of inspections for scuba tanks – hydrostatic (every 5 years) and the annual visual inspection. Only the hydrostatic test is mandated in the US by the US DOT. The visual inspection is a scuba industry standard. It all came about in the 1970s in response to a study conducted by the University of Rhode Island on behalf of the National Underwater Accident Data Center titled Investigation of scuba cylinder corrosion – phase 1. The findings were powerful enough for our industry to self-regulate on this critical safety inspection.

As we grow older, we are not able to do some of the same physical things that we did in our youth. Diving should not be one of those things. There is a chapter in The Complete Diver by Dr. Alex Brylske that discusses age and diving. There is some great info in this chapter along with the reference to a study published in 2003 that shows that age does not dramatically impact diving as long as we stay physically fit.

Mark of the Octopus was actually the first episode of Sea Hunt that was ever produced. It was a pilot episode used to try and sell the show to networks or syndicators. We are introduced again to Mike Nelson fresh out of the Navy, his boat, and the gadgets like an underwater TV camera. Mike is working again for Marine Land of the Pacific at the start of the show. When two divers go missing he is hired by a mining company to find them. One of the divers turns up dead with octopus like marks on his leg but Mike is skeptical and turns out he is right. Underwater fights, spear guns, regulator hose cuts, feeding eels, capturing porpoise, trying to catch a manta ray make this a must see episode.
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Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. It's time for another installment of Sea Hunt. It's still alive And in this installment I'm going to take you back to February 1, 1958 or the fourth episode ever aired of Sea Hunt and it was titled Mark of the octopus. Mark of the octopus was actually the first show ever recorded of Sea Hunt and it was used as a pilot to try and sell the show to the various networks or syndicates. Not quite sure why it became the 4th episode ever aired, but in this episode we're introduced to uh Mike nelson and wow did they try to pack everything into this first few minutes of Sea Hunt? It shows Mike on his boat the Argonaut and it shows his underwater TV camera that can find things 50 ft in any direction underwater. It shows him working with marine land of the Pacific diving with his Jack Brown dive mask and out there trying to feed fish, feed moray eels trying to capture an eagle Ray talks about how they were able to capture a purpose while they were out there and how they brought it back to marineland in the pacific and then released it into the tanks and showed how he liked to watch the purpose is playing basketball. But the storyline centers around two missing divers and these divers were out doing exploration for an oil company and um they were discovered missing because the Coast Guard found their boat. The Geronimo dragging its anchor and there was no one on board but they found out that it worked for this mining company. Well, they called the mining company Execs who flew in and decided to hire mike nelson to try and find our divers as they are preparing for the search and rescue. They get a call that one of the divers has shown up on the beach dead. Well, when they hustled down to the beach, they find that the diver apparently was killed by an octopus because they find the mark of the octopus on the divers leg. That's the title of the show mark of the octopus. Well, mike is skeptical about that and uh he says octopus are not going to attack divers. He's never seen one happened and confers with Marineland in the pacific who kind of figures that that's not really the case either. But the scene switches to the one of the divers that's missing. Well, he's not he's actually bad diver number one, and he apparently is behind the demise of the diver that was found on the beach. He's talking to his cohort about swimming out to a boat that night and the boats two miles offshore, but he doesn't have his snorkel, he had to leave it behind. Yeah, so now he's got to steal a snorkel. So he tries to steal it from a couple of other divers, but he gets caught and he struggles with the other diver and uh he actually kills the second diver and puts the mark of the octopus on that diver as well. But at the scene of this accident might find some blue kelp and figures the blue kelp can only be found in in a certain area and convinces one of the other oil company personnel to come with them out to that site. Well, it turns out the guy that he brought his bad diver number two and they're trying to find the blue kelp and he goes in the water and the bad diver, one bad diver, two are both in the water trying to hunt down mike, they both have spear guns. Well, uh mike confuses him as he always does and uh bad diver two shoots bad diver one with the speargun and so he's gone. And now Mike is worried about the second diver and he fires off a magnesium flare, which which blinds the diver so mike can wrestle them to the surface, cut his air hose and bring them up. Well now mystery solved too bad divers, one dead and one captured oil company executives really happy about it. So, he wants to give Mike a job. But Mike says, I want to be free to do what he wants to kind of teeing up all the future episodes of sea Hunt. Mark of the octopus was directed by Andrew martin and it had both Perry Bivens and Courtney Brown on the technical underwater diving sequences. And it also credited a woman zale Bivens in the credits. And Zale Bivens who was actually married to Perry Bivens became zale perry and future episodes of Sea Hunt. So stay tuned in the future. For more uh installments of Sea Hunt, It's still alive, Yeah.
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