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01 January 2007 to 28 February 2007

A tradition on Gilana is to dress her for the festive season. This year was no exeption.

The nearby anchorage lit up on New Years Eve.

Celebrating the New Year at anchor on board "Cool Change", Darlene and Kims boat. From left to right in order of noses, Mike, Liz, Jim, Annie, Kim, Darlene, Lois, Gina, Noel, Cathy. Behind the scenes photographic crew Laura Brasler, PHD (Org)

Learning the ropes, Balance (Still with us) attempts to board Gilana.

Mom re-assures Balance before Liz puts Jack on the dock.

When Liz lay down, Balance was on the other edge of the dock but, after a few minutes decided to join her as the sun must have been better on her side of the dock.

Liz on her 18th Birthday decided to go surfing but due to a lack of any 'good' waves...

decided to visit China, Jack helped with the 'Travel' arrangments.

Running into a bit of trouble 'clearing' in, they decided to stay at the beach in Florida.

Birthday dinner in a Chinese restaurant. Kim, Laura, Mike, Liz and Darlene.

The weekend after Liz's Birthday we decided to go to the South Florida Fair. Here Liz is timed how long she can hold her own body weight. Please note the Steven Segal, martial arts mask.

'Rock climbing'

Darlene, Kim, Mike and Liz after a rollercoaster ride. Please note that they are leaning on each other for support.

We were given a fantastic underwater camera by our very close friend Andy Pickrell, so here are some underwater photos. Hope you don't get sick of our new hobby!

Southern Stingray (Dasyatis Americana)

Yellow Stingray (Urolophus Jamaicensis)

Shifting through the sand for food or escavating, not sure.

Spotted Eagle Ray (Aetobatus Narinari)

On approaching these two squid they simultaneously took on this pose.

After some time in the water however they realised that I was not a threat and went about their daily buisness.

Rock, or, rather, Octopus acting like a rock.

I'm not here, what are you looking at? What he was actually thinking was, hitching a ride...

Liz has such a calming influence with animals he was happy to ride on her back for the duration of her swim.

After his little ride, he camouflaged himself and hid.

Gray Triggerfish (Balistes Capriscus) and Porkfish (Anisotremus Virginicus) in the back water.

Gray Angelfish (Pomacanthus Arcuatus)

Blue Angelfish (Holacanthus Bermudensis)

Scrawled Filefish (Aluterus Scriptus)

This is an Atlantic Spadefish (Chaetodipterus Faber), although the extra 'barb' makes me wonder...

Shortnosed Batfish (Ogcocephalus Nasutus)

Molly Miller (Scartella Cristata) which is a member of the Blenny family.

Porcupinefish (Diodon Hystrix)

Bandtail Puffer (Sphoeroides spengleri)

Spotted Drum juvenile (Equetus punctatus)

Quite a variety of fish right here under the boat. We are in the Intracoastal Waterway, but so close to the inlet that the water is clean and clear twice a day

Chub (Kyphosus)

Crevalle Jack (Caranx hippos)

Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)

Hermit Crab

Hoseshoe Crab (Merostomata)

This is a closeup view of the inside of an Oyster.

Sea Cucumber

Fire Worm

Fire Coral, brushing against this animal can cause severe burning and in some cases scarring.

Here Laura investigates...

before returning to the surface

This is 'The Office at Singer Island' and is where Laura and Mike spend most of their time helping Darlene and Kim. The concept of the office is...well click HERE If you want to find out more.

With all these fish around, Jack does not know which way to look.

Darlene has loaned us a Macbook Pro and we were just playing around with the iPhoto kiosk so here is a self-portrait.

And this is Andy.