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Colorado Underwater Photographic Society March Meeting

John G.
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Boulder, CO
For all of you who haven't been to one of our meetings this one should be entertaining. Nick is a knowledgable scientist who understands anemome fish behavior like no one else in Colorado!


CUPS Meeting Tues March 19 at 6:30 for socializing and 7pm for the presentation at the Downtown Aquarium.

Can’t keep your Anemonefish Straight? Nick’s Easy ID Primer and a Look at Their Behavior

Retired professional geologist, Dr. Nick Ferris, spent almost fifty years with his emphasis on silica sand, and exploration for uranium and gold. Somehow he found time to be a Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Nick bought a SCUBA outfit and took up diving in early 1957. He went diving alone as there were very few others interested in SCUBA back then, still considered an acronym for Some Come Up Barely Alive. It was simple back then -- no certifications, no gauges, no neoprene, no counterweights and no B.C.s. The only rule was to come up when it got hard to breathe. That worked very well. In those days divers would end the dives with free ascents, just for drill. That's not encouraged anymore. But it can still be useful.

Nick got into underwater photography in 1976 when his wife bought him a Nikonos. He has used film cameras Nikonos II, Canon F-1, Nikon 8008, and Canon Rebels with Ikelite strobes, but was forced to go digital when he got too slow to change film underwater. He tried Olympus E-300 and Canon G-12 cameras and now shoots with a Sony NEX 5N camera, Nauticam Housing, and YS-01 strobes. His love for anemonefish grew because his scientific mind was not content to take pictures of pretty fish without learning about them. He has consulted with Gerry Allen, who he feels is the US expert on anemonefish. Some of Allen's work will be included.

John Daigle will show a video of pink skunk anemonefish (A. perideraion) spawning in his aquarium. Shot over a 6-month period, It reveals the surprising process of preparing the nest, moving the anemone out of the way, laying and fertilizing the eggs all the way through hatching and development to the juvenile stage. John and Nick Ferris have dived together on their quest for documenting anemonefish behavior (including a vicious attack by a Mom defending her young ones!) John will also show a variety of anemonefish species shot in Wakatobi, Manado, Siladen and Lembeh all in Indonesia.

Richard Barthorpe, Sonia Atwood, and Michael Stallings will also show some of their recent and interesting anemonefish shots and behavior videos.

Attendees: Please bring up to 5 still shots or 5 video clips of Your Anemonefish for identification and to learn about behavior.

Future Meetings:

April 16 Sonia Atwood and Richard Barthorpe - The ‘Big Game’ Thresher Sharks and the ‘Little Game’ Muck Diving of Malapascua, The Philippines

May 21 Steve Weaver will present the Wacky and Weird Critters of Lembeh, Indonesia

SEE CUPS on Facecbook!­ And The ­Colorado Scuba Meetup Group please RSVP

NEW BRING AND SHARE: Time permitting we will show your photos or items of interest during the meeting.

Help - please volunteer to present at a future meeting contact:

· The Downtown Aquarium is the CUPS meeting place. Please mark your calendar for 2012 - the Third Tuesday of each month! (See link below for map.)

· Note: There is usually free parking in the lot just south and in the adjacent Children's Museum parking lot. You can enter this free parking area by taking the first driveway entrance on the right just south of the aquarium main building. We have received reports of car break-ins at this lot as it is unattended. Otherwise there is parking directly across the street from the Aquarium at a flat $7 in the evening.

· Entrance: Go through the double doors on the Water Street side (across from Senor Sol Restaurant) and the classroom is directly to your right on the first level.

· Map: Denver Downtown Aquarium If you want to make your own MapQuest Direction map, here is the official address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211

· Thanks to the hospitality of Landry's Restaurants, Inc., CUPS will be able to return to our regular third-Tuesday meeting schedule at the beautiful Downtown Aquarium in their spacious classroom.


Dr. Paddy Ryan is a PADI divemaster with well over 1,000 dives recorded. He has many publications including eight books. If you are interested in joining him on this year's dive trip to Baja, email­ Paddy.

Mel Cundiff is leading a Killer Trip to Southern Red Sea. We have booked a 36 meter high-end Live-aboard MY Suzanna out of Port Sudan for May 20-27, 2013 http://www.blueotwo.c...­ Mel’s email is­ for more info­

Shark Bait Dive Club’s Palau trip and other upcoming trips!

The Team at CUPS
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