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Charonia Research Children's Book

This book includes the four short stories: Don't Blame Me, What We Like To Eat, Dan The Diver Joins STEM Club, and Dan The Diver And SCUBA."Don't blame me," said the little boy. "The problem with our oceans is that they're huge.""That's what I've been telling them for 60 years," said Paddy the Starfish."I'm just a baby, so don't blame me" said Junior to Bubbles the slug. "The problem is up there"."Something must have changed, but what was it?" said Angel Fish. "I suspect lots of things"."I know that you're talking about me," said Thorny passing by quickly for good reason."I know that you're here somewhere, Thorny" said Dan the diver. "You can't outrun me"."You won't get away next time Thorny," said Triton. "Your days are numbered"."That's all right for you to say Triton," said Nudibranch. "You have a shell

Saving Samantha

  In the vast, vibrant blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean, where the coral reefs burst with life and schools of fish dart about, lives our heroine, Samantha. Samantha isn't just any inhabitant of this bustling marine metropolis - she's a majestic shark, a sentinel of the sea, and a guardian. But Samantha isn't alone in her mission. Alongside her is the Māori Wrasse and Giant Triton, other formidable predators of the coral reefs. These predators play a critical role in maintaining the balance of life under the sea. They keep the populations of all other species in check, ensuring the health and diversity of our marine ecosystems. However, Samantha and her beloved home are in danger. The oceans, once teeming with life, are facing threats that could change them forever. It's up to us to help Samantha and ensure the survival of these underwater wonderlands. "Saving Samantha" is more than just a story. It's a journey into the heart of the ocean, a call to action

The Northern Star and "The Association".

  A collection of newspaper articles on the Northern Star from the early 1950s, together with links to Trove. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), Friday 20 January 1950, page 6 But Pip and mate want new ship. WITH £30,000 to spend enterprising Pip and Yvonne Bolton have sailed a former patrol boat to Melbourne from Cairns in search of a cargo ship to carry on trade with the Indies. Since December, Mr. Bolton has been captain of the "Northern Star" - a 112ft. Converted Navy Fairmile – which does luxury tourist runs from Cairns to Thursday Island in winter. The sea holds no mysteries for him. Bom in Fleetwood, Lancashire, England, Pip went to sea when he was 13, rising to be bosun on the "Aquitania" when he was only 24. In 1938 he came to Australia, but returned to England and joined the merchant navy when war began. With his wife it is a different story. When Yvonne met Pip in Cairns during the war she was a

The Northern Star and Trochus Fishing

  A collection of newspaper articles on trochus fishing from the early 1950s, together with links to Trove. Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1907 - 1954) Sat 1 Jul 1950 Page 5 TROCHUS SHELL HARDER TO FIND Masters of two trochus fishing boats at present in Townsville said yesterday that following the intensive working of the past few years, the shells are again becoming difficult to find. At the end of the war, after practically six years of respite, the beds on the reefs had been built up. Vessels could leave Cairns and Innisfail and in a few days obtain a full cargo. Now, says Mr. M. W. Millard, of the former Navy craft Lorraine, and Mr. A. A. Shield, of the Tropic Star, owned by Mr. Van-Dawson of Cairns, fishermen obtain at the most 10 tons a month. However, the price in Cairns is £90 per ton, and the market will take all that can be obtained. Mr. Millard has an engineer on his 72ft. craft, Mr. Ken Davis, and as full crew 12 native

Dan the Diver and SCUBA

The Great Barrier Reef is amazing but we must always remember that we are in another world when we are underwater on SCUBA. We need to breathe air. Unlike the fish and corals, we carry our air with us in a tank on our back. “What’s happening with my air,” said Dan the Diver. “There are bubbles everywhere. I need to surface but not in a hurry.” Dan knew that air expands as it rises in the water and his lungs would do the same. He should be OK. “My gear got caught in a cave and my air hose was broken. Luckily, it was shallow as I couldn’t breathe at all.” Dan knew that if he had been much deeper, then he would need to decompress slowly which was impossible. Divers try to come up no faster than their bubbles but if Dan runs out of air, he has no choice unless he can buddy breathe. If he comes up too quickly from depth, he can get decompression sickness from nitrogen bubbles in his blood. Dan tells how shallow water blackout occurs when snorkelers hyperventilate by repeated deep breathing