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Amazing Skydivers View During 125 mph Free Fall From 10,000 feet 1m56s

Amazing Skydivers View During 125 mph Free Fall From 10,000 feet

“Victoria tower, this is Cessna 182 Golf Papa India Charlie ready to go runway 13 with three skydivers aboard”. Papa India Charlie, Victoria tower, cleared to taxi to runway 13 with immediate takeoff”. “Roger that Papa India Charlie”. This is the type of conversations that pilots have with the ground and air traffic controllers prior to taking off each time. Approaching and landing at a controlled airport is pretty much the same. The pilot notifies the tower they are approaching, and the tower controller will direct the pilot to the active runway. Along with that simple but very important information, the pilot also receives wind, temperature and pressure information, all very important to setting gauges within the airplane. After climbing to over 10,000 feet above Victoria, British Columbia in the 1960’s Cessna 182 airplane, it was time to prepare for departure. Yes, to jump out of a perfectly good airplane! Dennis and his fellow sky diving buddies had travelled from Vancouver B.C to explore a new airspace. Just like any other sport, the athletes always strive to venture to new locations and see new sights. Also being a scuba diver, Dennis had some serious planning for this adventurous weekend. Travelling below the waters surface causes increased pressures on the body, causing nitrogen to build up within the blood from breathing compressed gas in the scuba tank. The reverse happens with skydiving. Going to altitudes above sea level decrease pressures on the body. Having nitrogen bubbles in the blood from scuba diving and then skydiving within 24 hours, could be fatal, so as said, Dennis had some planning to do. Fortunately, climbing to 10,000 feet above ground/sea level came before scuba. Coming up on his 69th sky dive, Dennis had some very experienced friends to jump with. Jim in the black suite you see at the beginning has a few hundred jumps. Bruce whom gives Dennis a very well deserved LOW FIVE after landing, has a mere 2000 plus jumps, hence the landing he performs. The thrill of stepping outside a moving aircraft raises the heart rate considerably and gets the adrenaline flowing, no doubt at all. Falling at 125 mph, closing in on the magic number of 4000’, Dennis starts planning to deploy his parachute. As you will see, this is quite an intense few seconds waiting for the chute to open wide. Safety is the most important part of this sport. As you see, the skydivers wear snug fitting clothing along with helmets and eye protection. A small incident here can be death within seconds. What amazing views these guys got from 10,000 feet above the beautiful city of Victoria,British Columbia on Vancouver Island. Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and is a short 2 hour ferry ride from Vancouver. If ever in the area, don’t miss out on exploring the beauty that Vancouver has with it’s beautiful mountains and ocean just minutes from the downtown core. Victoria also has beautiful ocean views, beaches and the amazingly beautiful parliament buildings in the downtown harbour that is Victoria. Hope you enjoy the amazing video footage Dennis caught all while enjoying one of his passions.

Winter storm totally decimates coastal town's shoreline1m31s

Winter storm totally decimates coastal town's shoreline

Birch Bay is a fairly small community in Whatcom County Washington on the Pacific Ocean coast. A short drive south of the Canada/USA boundary it attracts many visitors, mainly in the summer months. Come winter the town becomes a sleepy town but still attracts many to walk its beautiful beached in search of shells, driftwood, and to just enjoy the scenery. December 20th, 2018 was a horrific day for Birch Bay. Blistering winds over 65 mph struck the area right at the time of high tide and low atmospheric pressure to create a tidal surge of 11.3 feet -- about 2 feet above the predicted high tide. As many as 10,000 people lost power in the immediate area, and over 300,000 lost power from this storm. Waves crashed over the roadway causing traffic chaos. One restaurant on the waterfront which had been recently renovated suffered drastically. The windows and doors were blown out from the power of the extreme waves. Furniture from the restaurant was seen flowing out the front door and across the roadway. Police, fire rescue and the sheriff’s department traveled the area making sure everyone was safe and offered assistance when needed. As you will see in the video there has been extensive damage to the town. By Friday, Dec. 28, damage reports across Whatcom County had risen to between $4.5 million and $5 million — and that figure was expected to rise. Luckily there were no personal injuries reported. With hard work from the county and the locals, Birch Bay is surely to be back to the way it was awaiting its many visitors from far and wide come summer. Pedal tricycles, kayakers and beach goers are a huge part of the community activities once summer arrives. The town relies heavily on tourism come May and through to October. Cheers to seeing Birch Bay back as it was! Peaceful and beautiful.

I thought Dad was going to burn the house down 1m24s

I thought Dad was going to burn the house down

"How are you going to put those flames out?!!!" Brent was asking his father in- law when he saw huge flames on the stove. Joe seemed very calm, like he had cooked like this a million times before. Maybe he had, but Brent was just a little uneasy watching flames lick up into the exhaust fan over the stove. Joe is an "old school" Portuguese grandpa born in a tiny town near Coimbra, Portugal some 80 years ago. Arriving in Vancouver, Canada some 48 years ago, has done nothing to change his "old school" lessons he saw his mom doing back home when growing up. To most of us this probably looks like a fairly unsafe practice. Huge flames atop the stove usually means a bad thing...that a cooking fire is out of control. Keeping a close eye on the tops of the flames Brent made question a couple times about the safety they were all in. Joe continued to assure Brent that "all is ok". Every once in awhile Brent would catch Joe looking up into the area of the vent hood, so he knew Joe also was concerned but did not stop his chore of cooking his afternoon snack. You may know, if you have European family, they like to eat... and drink wine. Lunch or snacks in Joe's home always consist of bread (Portuguese buns of course),sausage(home made and cooked as you will see),cheese( of a few varieties), and of course also his home made red wine. Of course a meal can not end without dessert ! At times dessert is fruit, but generally it is a cake of one kind or another, definitely yummy. Well it seems everything went well as Brent was able to tell this story and share his footage of a "typical afternoon cooking class" at his father-in-law Joes' house.

Divers explore the magical underwater world of Roatán, Honduras2m06s

Divers explore the magical underwater world of Roatán, Honduras

Roatán is one of Honduras’s Caribbean Bay Islands. Being part of the huge Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, it is known for its beautiful white sand beaches, scuba diving sites and marine life, including whale sharks. In the southwest is busy West Bay Beach, with a coral reef near the shore which is where Brent and Elsa found themselves on this day in November 2018. Boarding a panga boat in west bay they scooted to the very near dive site called ZIGZAG. Descending below the waves brought Brent and Elsa an amazing dive with some gorgeous creatures common in the area. Although Roatan is a small island it offers up more than 30 dive sites around its perimeter. Intriguing names such as Turtle Crossing, Spooky Channel and Green Outhouse Reef are just a few of the dive locations you will find around the reef. Thinking about exploring Honduras Bay Islands and possibly specifically Roatan? The first explorer in history to land here was Christopher Columbus in 1502. He was not the first one there though, the people known as the Paya Indians are known to have inhabited these beautiful islands back as far as 600 AD. Whether a scuba diving enthusiast or someone that just loves to travel and explore, Roatan has a lot to offer for such a small island. Not a snorkeler or diver? The west bay has some great shops offering up some beautiful handmade treasures or sit on the gorgeous sandy beaches and enjoy a cold drink with your toes in the Caribbean waters. Are you a daredevil? Take in a jet ski tour racing through the local bays. You can also get harnessed up for a speedy slide on the zip lines at Monkey Trail Canopy at Gumbalimba Park. Foodie? Well there are definitely some great restaurants and beach side bars offering up some local treats of seafood and a local specialty called Baleadas. These are homemade flour tortillas filled with beans and cheese and are just $1! Try them with avocado, eggs, chicken or meat.

Living Tree Art is Quite Amazing on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia 1m12s

Living Tree Art is Quite Amazing on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia

While scuba diving and exploring the area of Tuwanek on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, just a short ferry ride from Vancouver, Brent found something very interesting. Along with such a beautiful location and one of the top diving locations in the area there are art pieces called Tree Spirits which occur randomly in the area. Within a large cedar tree Brent noticed three pieces of artwork. This tree was right on the property of the cabin Brent and some friends rented for the weekend while scuba diving in the area. What a pleasure it was having this right in front of them. The "LEGEND OF WOOD SPIRITS” is quite interesting. As the legend goes, there are wood spirit legends in almost every culture as far back as history goes, focusing on Native American, African. It's being told that wood carvers from these cultures looked for a face, animal, or other character that they could “see” with their minds eye, imbedded in the grain of the wood, then worked to "release" it. Many different cultures throughout history have believed that "Spirits" inhabit the trees of the forest. Some believed that Spirits were living within the tree from its beginning, others believed the spirits of passed ancestors returned to the earth and existed in one of its many forms. It is said that if you find one of the wood spirits marked with an effigy, carving or containing naturally appearing images of spirits, this will bring very good luck. Apparently these art works are found throughout the Sunshine Coast. Wouldn’t it be interesting to venture on to search out numerous of these Tree Spirits? How incredible!

Divers investigate deadly scorpionfish & other amazing sea creatures 1m38s

Divers investigate deadly scorpionfish & other amazing sea creatures

Scuba diving in the tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea as well as other tropical waters, brings divers many opportunities to see amazing animals in their natural environment. While visiting the island of Roatán off the coast of Honduras, Brent and his wife Elsa had just this experience. Diving brings a whole new light to what most see when looking out across the waves of the oceans and seas around the world. Putting on a mask and snorkel or full scuba gear can allow you to see millions of amazing creatures a matter of a few minutes. These animals and plants that inhabit the ocean waters live in the waters which cover 71 percent of our earth. In the video you see some plain colored sponge, the tall tubular shape with what looks like little fingers sticking out all over it. You can also see some very colorful sponge with the same tubular shape. Sponge are multicellular organisms that have bodies full of pores and channels allowing water to circulate through them. Sponges do not have nervous, digestive or circulatory systems. Instead, most rely on maintaining a constant water flow through their bodies to obtain food and oxygen and to remove wastes. How and what do sponge eat you ask? Most eat bacteria and other food particles in the water which they filter in through the main large opening at their top, and the waste is expelled through much smaller holes on their sides. Amazing creatures. Next you see another amazingly odd creature, a scorpionfish. Or will you see him? A master of disguise and camouflage until he opens his fins, then becomes strikingly beautiful. Looking much like a rock, this definitely has its purpose. As his name states, the scorpionfish protects itself with a “sting” from spines on its body that are covered in a mucous that is very poisonous. This sting causes excruciating pain with many side affects making this creature one not to mess with. If stung, medical aid is definitely required as soon as possible. Being bottom dwellers, the scorpion fish relies on his camouflage and waits for prey to come close and then strikes with incredible speed. His meal didn’t even know what was coming. Some of these beautiful fish can reach 2 feet in length and live up to 15 years, quite amazing. Lastly, and one of the most amazing, simple looking animals in our oceans and found all over the world, cold and warm waters if the jellyfish. These guys range in size from microscopic to ones such as the lions mane jellyfish which can have thread-like tentacles over 100 feet long and carry a moderately painful sting. The sting from jellyfish can range from a mild discomfort to very dangerous and even deadly as from the box jellyfish. The box jellyfish are found primarily in coastal waters off Northern Australia and throughout the Indo-Pacific. Mild stings can be treated with vinegar as well as hot water to soothe the irritating pain. More severe stings require medical attention. What do these jellyfish eat? Jellyfish eat many different types of things, such as small plants (phytoplankton), copepods (crustacean zooplankton), fish eggs and other small fish called larvae; they also eat the planktonic eggs and young stages (also called larvae) of many different kinds of marine animals. Some jellyfish even eat other jellyfish!

 Dog Fails Walking along a Rail Fence 1m40s

Dog Fails Walking along a Rail Fence

Every dog owner knows that their best friend loves to go for walks out in the fresh air. Well Poncho, Brent's 12 year old Basenji cross rescue from Mexico is no different. Every morning, noon and night she comes and gives Brent the stare down until he takes her for her daily walk. If he ignores Poncho's subtle hints, she will then begin pacing back and forth from wherever Brent may be sitting, to the garage door. Poncho knows exactly where her leash is kept, and that is just inside the door from the house to the garage. When she knows it is time for that W.A.L.K she goes nuts, racing around the house making it tough to get her harness on. Once outside and after a minute or two of extreme excitement, Poncho will then begin to walk somewhat calmly. Calmly until she smells a squirrel or other animal that may have been wandering within her path. She knows exactly where the squirrels live along her walk and when approaching that area, within half a block, she really starts pulling and whining. Thankfully the walk Brent took her on the morning he recorded yet another of Poncho's funny characteristics, was not the squirrel route. As you will see, Poncho does walk nicely like many dogs do. But, when she gets to one particular rail type fence she decides walking "like every other dog" just does not fit her personality. Slippery wood does make for some difficulty for Poncho, but all ended well. No one was injured in the making of this video.

Dog Won't Eat Until She Gets Something Special In Her Food Bowl 1m27s

Dog Won't Eat Until She Gets Something Special In Her Food Bowl

Poncho is our 12 year old rescue dog from Riviera Maya Mexico. Finding her in a small crate along a dirt walkway while heading to the beach with my then young children has been quite a journey ever since. who would have thought that Christmas in Mexico in 2006 would bring Brent and his two young children to saving a puppy from definite starvation. The area they stayed in at the time was quite quiet and under construction. Ryan then 15 and his sister Jayla 11 had been outside playing when they walked down this very near dirt path that lead to the beach. Racing back to tell their dad what they had found was surely a very exciting part of their second day in Mexico, which was Christmas Day. After some checking into the rules for transporting strays back into Canada, Brent decided they would take Poncho home. Two weeks on vacation was a little different than planned but very rewarding as well. Back home in Canada, Poncho has been a good all around pup and family member. As many of us, as we age we take on some funny personality quirks. Poncho does have numerous quirky behaviours but one she struggles with, or should I say Brent struggles with is getting her to eat. Poncho is very fussy when it comes to dinner time. Something that Brent basically started a few years ago was giving her a special treat along with her dry kibble food. Thinking this was a nice thing to do for such a good pet, has turned Poncho into a very picky "high maintenance" pooch. High maintenance is a little bit of exaggeration but she is truly a fussy little girl as you will see. This daily ritual always makes Brent laugh he said. Seeing Poncho so excited over something so simple is a joy to watch.

Skytrain transit commuters burst in Christmas caroling28s

Skytrain transit commuters burst in Christmas caroling

The Skytrain is the metropolitan rail system that serves metropolitan Vancouver regional district in British Columbia, Canada. The Skytrain is a fully automated transit system with nearly 50 miles of rail system. The system uses fully automated trains on grade-separated tracks running on underground and elevated rails, allowing the highly sophisticated transit system SkyTrain to hold consistently high on-time reliability. Christmas in Vancouver brings many activities for locals and visitors to get involved in. Many choose to commute to the downtown core via the Skytrain which saves driving in the hectic Christmas season traffic as well as saving on the challenge of finding parking in the very busy Vancouver downtown. While transmitting from the suburbs to her job in Vancouver, Krutika enjoyed listening and watching a small group of musicians excite their fellow commuters and get them to join into song. Taking on such a gig shows just how much some love to share the Christmas season and joy of music with friends and strangers alike. So exciting! The Skytrain system is always growing offering the best transit system available for everyone. SkyTrain uses the world's longest cable-supported transit-only bridge, known as SkyBridge, to cross the Fraser River. The bridge gives an incredible two minute opportunity to view the Fraser river while passing over. The bridge spans from the City of Surrey to the City of New Westminster and continues on to Vancouver via Burnaby.

Dog is not very happy wearing her Christmas outfit 38s

Dog is not very happy wearing her Christmas outfit

"I am not a reindeer I am a dog!! Poncho definitely had going through her head this morning. "Poncho the "Reindog". Christmas morning is always a fun time around the Ferguson residence. Sitting around the living room opening presents is quite exciting, seeing what special gifts the kids get mom and dad. This is always a pleasure. Poncho of course wanders, sniffing and peaking in every box and bag before and after being opened. She is pretty good at sniffing out the treats. One special gift she got this year was from a special lady staying with the family that is their homestay student. Krutika loves playing with Poncho and taking her for walks. They have built a very strong bond which is very special because before coming to Canada, Krutika had never been around dogs so she was a little uneasy with Poncho. Although their friendship is strong, Poncho still wasn't too sure about wearing her Christmas outfit. From time to time she would shake her head to get the antlers off. But the cute jingle bell collar seemed ok, it stayed on all day.

Incredibly Beautiful Sea Turtle Descends Between Divers 56s

Incredibly Beautiful Sea Turtle Descends Between Divers

“Come here, swim over here to me!” Brent was thinking as he hovered over the beautiful coral reef 55 feet below the surface. Remaining as motionless as possible, Brent and his dive buddy wife Elsa watched as the Hawksbill turtle swam up to the surface for air. Hoping the Hawksbill turtle would descend close enough for them to record some photos and video, they watched in anticipation. Hawksbill turtles are critically endangered and are of limited numbers so seeing them is very special. Located 40 miles off the northern coast of Honduras, Roatan is a small Caribbean Island that is famous for snorkelling and scuba diving. At only 40 miles long and 5 miles wide Roatan is definitely a fairly small island. After approximately 2 minutes, the Hawksbill Turtle began its descent into a valley of coral searching out his next meal of sponge, algae, or a jelly fish that may be floating by. These Hawksbill turtles also enjoy eating sea anemone. The Hawksbill turtles are quite resilient and resistant to their predators since some of the sponge they consume are highly toxic. Although the turtles are resistant to these toxins, it makes their bodies very toxic if eaten by a predator. Searching the cracks and crevices of the reef that flowed towards the sandy bottom, the Hawksbill Turtle finally turned towards Brent. Elsa also was recording some footage of the turtle as he swam right in front of her heading towards Brent. Actually having to back away as the turtle approached her, Elsa back paddled while avoiding to touch the reef with her hands.Touching live coral with bare skin can cause it to die in certain circumstances so this is avoided. Heading directly at Brent as though he had called it to come like we do with our pet dogs, he was exhilarated as the Hawksbill began closing in on him. Having to back paddle as well, it was quite a chore keeping from impacting the reef as well as keeping the turtle in the view finder of the camera. “This is the first time I have ever had a sea turtle come this close to me on its own. To have him swim within inches of my face was amazing” Brent explained. As the Hawksbill closed in, the light from Brent’s camera setup illuminated the turtles shell showing off how gorgeous it was. At 55 feet below the surface the natural light from the sun is depleted so colours are greatly reduced making a lot of corals, fish and other creatures appear grey and faded. Shining light on these mentioned beautiful creatures of the sea brings out amazing colour as though a painting had just been converted from black and white to colour. It is amazing to see this change Brent mentioned. Running low on air, Brent and Elsa had to surface and were they ever excited to tell the others back at the scuba shop what they had seen. Not everyone gets this kind of close encounter. The animals are all wild so it is just “luck of the draw” as to what divers see on each dive. On this day, it was definitely an amazing dive during their short visit to Roatan. Back on shore it was time for Brent and Elsa to head back to the cruise ship. Onward they went to visit other stops on their Caribbean cruise.

Mom Gets the Best Early Christmas Present 1m29s

Mom Gets the Best Early Christmas Present

What is the best Christmas present you have ever received? Was it something you always wanted but never bought for yourself? Was it something expensive that was out of your budget but a someone special treated you because you deserved it? To many, Christmas is about receiving gifts. To others it is a special time to spend with family and just be thankful for what they have. For Amanda, this time of year is especially important. Amanda lives in Melbourne Australia while her mom and sister along with grandparents all live in Vancouver B.C Canada. Yes, quite a distance apart, and just over a year ago this distance made it even more difficult for Amanda being apart from her mom. Elsa was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and has been fighting hard ever since. Over the last year she has been through extensive surgery and recovery, only to have the disease return after just one month of remission. Struggling daily with this separation and feeling very low not being with her mom for Christmas, Amandas husband stepped up to the plate and planned a trip for Amanda. Not only did he start planning, but he began planning just after Elsa was re-diagnosed with the return of the disease back in September 2018. Keeping a secret can be a very difficult thing to do at times. At the beginning of November Elsas husband was chatting with Amanda one morning via the internet, and Amanda asked him" can you keep a secret?" Brent answered "yes" as he was quite eager to what he was being asked to keep secret. This was a big challenge as he knew just how excited, and surprised Elsa would be when the arrival day came. In the mean time, Amanda, her husband Craig and her sister Sarah had also planned a three week trip through Asia. Amanda also kept this little secret from her sister, which was not an easy feat. Come the morning of December 19th, 2018, the day Amanda arrives to Vancouver, Brent sees her online before heading to work and asks" where are you?" Funnily Amanda replies" somewhere around Hawaii". It turns out the airline offered free wifi. This was great as Brent and Amanda were able to correspond throughout the day and make a plan for getting Amanda to their house, to surprise her mom. What a day it was. A perfect family reunion and Christmas gift of love. Enjoy this footage seeing just how the surprise evolved.

Mysterious Powers of Manatee Knocks Family off Peddle Boards 1m18s

Mysterious Powers of Manatee Knocks Family off Peddle Boards

“ The peddle boards are really stable right?”. Asked Tisha as her and family checked into the little excursion they booked while on the little island of Harvest Caye in Belize. “ Yes they are, quite difficult to tip over actually unless you stand right on the side with both feet” instructed the peddle board guide. “Perfect as I can’t swim” said Tisha. Tisha, Roy, Brent and Elsa were all family and visiting this small island while on their Caribbean cruise. Norwegian Cruise Lines owns this island so it is one of the stops during their seven day cruise. Being much like a resort, the island had a number of activities available for visitors to enjoy. You could zip line across the island from a lighthouse, paddle boat around a small lagoon, or rent peddle boards like Tisha, Roy, Brent and Elsa decided to do. After a short briefing on how the peddle boards actually work and how to steer them, everyone took a short practice run around the tiny inner lagoon before venturing out into the open waters of the much larger bay. This much larger bay was where everyone was told the manatee frequented and foraged on the sea grasses. Now this was what they all came for, to see a live wild manatee…..up close. The manatee or sometimes known as a sea cow can grow to over 900 pounds. Being this huge of an animal could be intimidation, but they are harmless herbivores. At least they all were hoping to see a manatee up close and to not fall off the peddle boards. Starting out slowly and following the guide, every thing was going great. There was a small group of ten including the guide. “Just follow me and keep your eyes peeled on the water surface out in the distance”. All the peddle boarders were instructed that the manatee eat the grasses, so if you see small little patches of grass floating on the surface then there’s a good chance a manatee is near. Shortly after departing the protection of the inner lagoon that was sheltered from wind by the mangroves, of course the winds increased. As we all know, when winds increase so do the size of waves. No fear, these peddle boards are extremely stable!!! So everyone thought. Enjoy the video and keep your eyes peeled for the manatee, they are there.

Heroic First Responders Bring Fortune To Horrible Accident On Florida Keys Overseas Highway 31s

Heroic First Responders Bring Fortune To Horrible Accident On Florida Keys Overseas Highway

“911 what is your emergency?”. In a rather frantic voice the woman on the phone explains a situation. “Send the fire and paramedics, there is a horrible crash on the freeway. People are trapped in their car and it is upside down”. This is the conversation that most likely took place just moments before Brent passed this accident. Dealing with this type of emergency daily, the 911 dispatcher follows through with all the information needed to get help to the accident as soon as possible. After completing a week cruising the Caribbean with family, Brent was travelling south through the Florida Keys. Passing through Marathon on a beautiful sunny day everyone in the car was having a great day, until the traffic slowed and they saw a horrible collision. This highway, the Overseas Highway, that passes all the way from Miami to Key West covers 113 miles of amazing scenery. The road, follows a trail originally blazed in 1912 by Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railroad. Also along this highway is an amazing bridge known as the Seven Mile Bridge. It is a bridge in the Florida Keys, in Monroe County, which connects Knight's Key (part of the city of Marathon, Florida) in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys. As Brent and his family approached the cause of the traffic slow down, he noticed fire trucks and ambulances with lights flashing. A number of bystanders could also be seen from a distance, but what he saw as he got nearer was frightening. One vehicle had rolled over and come near to crashing through the bushes at the side of the highway and into the ocean. Paramedics were standing by as well as assisting the fire fighters to extricate the passengers from inside the vehicle. One commuter was assisting the police to direct traffic. This fellow and the female police officer directing traffic appeared to be visually upset with the scene. Together the commuter and police kept the traffic moving along quite smoothly making for a good outcome. Brent and everyone was hoping that the passengers of the inverted vehicle would get out of the incident without major injuries.

Divers swim alongside critically endangered animal1m20s

Divers swim alongside critically endangered animal

“Come here, swim over here to me!” Brent was thinking as he hovered over the beautiful coral reef 55 feet below the surface. Remaining as motionless as possible, Brent and his dive buddy wife Elsa watched as the Hawksbill turtle swam up to the surface for air. Hoping the Hawksbill turtle would descend close enough for them to get a nice look and take some photos and video, they watched in anticipation. Hawksbill turtles are critically endangered and are of limited numbers so seeing them is a treat. Located 40 miles off the northern coast of Honduras, Roatan is a small Caribbean Island that is famous for snorkeling and scuba diving. Being 40 miles long and 5 miles wide Roatan is definitely a fairly small island. After approximately 2 minutes, the Hawksbill Turtle began its descent into a valley of coral searching out his next meal of sponge. Searching the cracks and crevices of the reef that flowed towards the sandy bottom, the Hawksbill Turtle finally turned towards Brent. Elsa also was recording some footage of the turtle as he swam right in front of her heading towards Brent. Actually having to back away as the turtle approached her, Elsa back paddled while avoiding to touch the reef with her hands. Touching live coral with bare skin can cause it to die in certain circumstances so this is avoided. Heading directly at Brent as though he had called it to come like we do with our pet dogs, he was exhilarated as the Hawksbill began closing in on him. Having to back paddle as well, it was quite a chore keeping from impacting the reef as well as keeping the turtle in the view finder of the camera. “This is the first time I have ever had a sea turtle come this close to me on its own. To have him swim within inches of my face was amazing” Brent explained. As the Hawksbill closed in, the light from Brent’s camera setup illuminated the turtles shell showing off how gorgeous it was. At 55 feet below the surface the natural light from the sun is depleted so colors are greatly reduced making a lot of corals, fish and other creatures appear grey and faded. Hit all these mentioned beautiful creatures of the sea with a source of light and it is as though a painting has just been converted from black and white to color. It is amazing to see this change Brent mentioned. Running low on air, Brent and Elsa had to surface and were they ever excited to tell the others back at the scuba shop what they had seen. Not everyone gets this kind of close encounter. The animals are all wild so it is just “luck of the draw” as to what divers see on each dive. On this day, it was definitely an amazing dive during their short visit to Roatan. Back on shore it was time for Brent and Elsa to head back to the cruise ship. Onward they went to visit other stops on their Caribbean cruise.

Spectators can't understand how street magician is floating45s

Spectators can't understand how street magician is floating

"Wow, how is he doing this?" Roy asked his cousin as they walked past a street performer in Cozumel. Street performers come in many variations. There's "The Statue" who may paint themselves in Gold and stand motionless for what seems an eternity until a gracious passerby tosses a coin into the performers "tip jar", creating the "statue " to come alive for a short period. Magicians and slight of hand performers are also amazing. How they make that coin pass through a steel bar inside a deck of cards box, that is amazing. One man bands are a huge favorite. Pianists with fingers that move like they are magically plucking the keys and guitarists that can bring goosebumps to your skin. On this day after departing the cruise ship terminal for a day on Cozumel, Elsa and her husband as well as her cousin Roy and his wife walked through the cruise ship terminal. Just like at almost all airports, you are directed through a shopping area. Here on Cozumel, it is more like walking through a whole mall. With a total of 4 ships docked this day, Cozumel was definitely happy to see more than 12 thousand tourists arriving. Walking past multiple t-shirt stores, leather shops, and kiosks selling everything from sunglasses to coconut hummingbird hanging plant holders, Roy had one thing on his mind: Coffee. He had spotted from the ship a famous coffee shop so he was determined to track it down in the mall. But.... during his trek through the shops and kiosks he also noticed a sole street performer. Dressed in a very bright gold outfit, floating motionless ABOVE the floor! "How is this possible? How is he doing this?" Roy seemed amazed. Checking below the performer, around and even behind, Roy could not figure out how this performer was accomplishing this amazing feat. Astounded, Roy reached out and fist bumped the street performer, showing his gratitude and then tossed a few dollars into the performers tip jar. Many tourists passed while Elsa and her family observed this street performer and Roy was not the only one struggling to figure out what mystical force was levitating this fellow above the floor!

Scuba diver stumbles upon very odd ocean creature1m09s

Scuba diver stumbles upon very odd ocean creature

What kind of a lazy bones lays motionless in the sand? No this is not pertaining to a lazy vacationer after a night of too much fun! After cruising from Miami Florida aboard the Norwegian Getaway cruise liner, Brent and his wife Elsa had plans for scuba diving on the Island of Roatan. Roatan is approximately 40 miles off the northeast coast of the country of Honduras. Being a fairly small coral reef island of 48 miles long and 5 miles wide it’s main source for income is tourism. Well known for scuba diving and snorkeling there are many locations throughout the island to take in the beautiful waters and sea life. Located near the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea (second largest worldwide after Australia's Great Barrier Reef), Roatán has become an important cruise ship, scuba diving and eco-tourism destination in Honduras. The diving company that Brent had booked with was located in Westbay, a short drive from the cruise ship port of Coxed Hole. Coxen Hole is also the capital of Roatán municipality. After a short meet and greet with the dive guide Vero from Roatán Divers, Brent, Elsa and Vero were off to their first dive site called Punchers Paradise aboard a very speedy panga boat. Five minutes with wind in their hair and then Vero was tying up the boat to an anchor rope. Into the crystal clear Caribbean water the three divers plunged. Descending to the bottom so they could all meet up after settling in, Brent checked his dive computer which showed his depth of 55 feet, and water temperatures of 82° F. Once together Elsa and Brent ventured along the beautiful sandy bottom looking for small creatures. Being one of the largest coral reefs in the world, this location was filled with small and large coral heads (structures) raising out of the sandy bottom. Thousands of beautiful tropical fish like we have seen in the footage of the famous Jacques Cousteau filled every crevice of these coral structures. Moving slowly along, Brent spotted a very strange fish in the distance. Brightly colored, it stood out very well. Approaching slowly, Brent noticed it had a strange looking head, or was it upside down? Descending onto the sandy floor, Brent could see this fish was staring right back at him and not moving a muscle. Identifying this little guy of about a foot long, Brent now knew it was a remora. These fish attach themselves to larger fish, turtles, rays, and sharks to scavenge food scraps from their larger “free ride”. The suction cup looking section on the top of the remora’s head is his ticket to a free ride. What a beautiful but strange looking creature when not attached to his free ride. Why was he just laying on the bottom motionless? Was he sick? Was he waiting for a new “ride” to come along? Most likely that is exactly what this beautiful remora was doing. Waiting for a new ride to show up so he could continue his duties as a “cleaner fish” and enjoy a life of just “hanging around”.

Diver finds a strange looking "sucker" on the ocean floor in Roatán 1m18s

Diver finds a strange looking "sucker" on the ocean floor in Roatán

What kind of a sucker lays motionless in the sand? No this is not pertaining to a lazy vacationer after a night of too much fun! After cruising from Miami Florida aboard the Norwegian Getaway cruise liner, Brent and his wife Elsa had plans for scuba diving on the Island of Roatan. Roatan is approximately 40 miles off the northeast coast of the country of Honduras. Being a fairly small coral reef island of 48 miles long and 5 miles wide it’s main source for income is tourism. Well known for scuba diving and snorkelling there are many locations throughout the island to take in the beautiful waters and sea life. Located near the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea (second largest worldwide after Australia's Great Barrier Reef), Roatán has become an important cruise ship, scuba diving and eco-tourism destination in Honduras. The diving company that Brent had booked with was located in Westbay, a short drive from the cruise ship port of Coxed Hole. Coxen Hole is also the capital of Roatán municipality. After a short meet and greet with the dive guide Vero from Roatán Divers, Brent, Elsa and Vero were off to their first dive site called Punchers Paradise aboard a very speedy panga boat. Five minutes with wind in their hair and then Vero was tying up the boat to an anchor rope. Into the crystal clear Caribbean water the three divers plunged. Descending to the bottom so they could all meet up after settling in, Brent checked his dive computer which showed his depth of 55 feet, and water temperatures of 82° F. Once together Elsa and Brent ventured along the beautiful sandy bottom looking for small creatures. Being one of the largest coral reefs in the world, this location was filled with small and large coral heads ( structures) raising out of the sandy bottom. Thousands of beautiful tropical fish like we have seen in the footage of the famous Jacques Cousteau filled every crevice of these coral structures. Moving slowly along, Brent spotted a very strange fish in the distance. Brightly coloured it stood out very well. Approaching slowly, Brent noticed it had a strange looking head, or was it upside down? Descending onto the sandy floor, Brent could see this fish was staring right back at him and not moving a muscle. Identifying this little guy of about a foot long, Brent now knew it was a remora. These fish attach themselves to larger fish, turtles, rays, and sharks to scavenge food scraps from their larger “free ride”. The suction cup looking section on the top of the remora’s head is his ticket to a free ride. What a beautiful but strange looking creature when not attached to his free ride. Why was he just laying on the bottom motionless? Was he sick? Was he waiting for a new “ride” to come along? Most likely that is exactly what this beautiful remora was doing. Waiting for a new ride to show up so he could continue his duties as a “cleaner fish” and enjoy a life of just “hanging around”.

Puppy knows how to gather a crowd at the airport1m07s

Puppy knows how to gather a crowd at the airport

“Hey dad, I am just going to go over here and see how many people I can attract ok! Last time I hit an amazing amount of 12.” This is what Ester the Schnauzer Poodle puppy definitely had going on in her mind this day. After a 10 day vacation enjoying a Caribbean cruise as well as the Florida Keys in Southern Florida it was time for Brent and family to head back to Vancouver, Canada. Awaiting the arrival of their aircraft at the gate in Miami they sat along the side of the walkway as did many other travelers. Noticing a cute little pooch and his owner across the way and seeing the dog’s personality start to shine, Brent knew this was the perfect opportunity to record some memories. Dogs of all breeds and sizes seem to attract attention. We all love to see the excitement of a dog when we approach them and offer our love whether from a scratch on the head or a gentle pat on it’s back. Ester here is a Schnauzer Poodle cross with definitely an amazing personality. Her owner commented that they travel often and Ester is the perfect travelling companion. She never gets air sick or car sick and never wanders far from his side. He also mentioned that on one trip to Las Vegas, even when the aircraft encountered some major turbulence while landing and having to actually perform an overshoot and take a second attempt, Ester was perfectly calm in her travel kennel. Ester definitely is a crowd-pleaser. As you can see in the video, Ester plays her audience and wins their hearts. Once it was time to board the plane, Ester’s owner simply needed to start heading to the gate and once again she shows what a great pet and companion she is. Don’t we all wish our pets were this well behaved? Dog’s are man’s best friend for sure. They warm our hearts with very little effort.

Man on water-powered jetpack performs for cruise ship passengers55s

Man on water-powered jetpack performs for cruise ship passengers

After boarding their ship in Miami, Brent and Elsa ventured to the upper decks. Taking in all the views of the Miami Beach area around the shipping ports proved to be quite interesting. As the ship departed there proved to be quite a wealthy group of residents. Massive personal yachts lined the waterway the cruise ship was taking to the open ocean. Small boats with many friends aboard partied as the ship passed them. Onboard the cruise ship, passengers and crew had begun their week aboard en-route to the Caribbean. As they enjoyed seeing all the activity off the ship, Elsa made note of one guy that was doing loops and flips while attached to a jetpack blasting water. The high pressure provided by the personal water craft attached to the "performer" forced him high into the sky. circling the watercraft, the performer spun and flipped. Waiting for this performer do execute his next trick became quite exciting. Was he going to crash? Was the jetpack going to keep working? As time went by, he showed his huge crowd some great skills. Round and round he went, up, down, spinning. Many onlookers cheered him on as they passed. What a fun thing to see.

Injured bald eagle set free after rehabilitation 52s

Injured bald eagle set free after rehabilitation

The tiny Fraser Valley community of Harrison Mills is preparing to host thousands of visiting bald eagles in the world’s largest gathering of nature’s foremost dead-salmon connoisseurs. The area’s 600 mating pairs could possibly be joined by over 35,000 migratory eagles this coming winter. Annually as many as 15,000 of those birds regularly visit Harrison Mills through the winter and this exciting viewing season kicks off November 17th with the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival. With the huge number of spawning salmon in this area, of course there is a very plentiful food source for these beautiful birds. The area has many walking trails that are very close to the local creeks and rivers that the salmon venture through. These trails allow excellent access to tourists and locals to see these majestic birds or prey in their natural habitat. Bird watchers and photographers gather in numbers to take in this short lived opportunity. As the weather in northern B.C. gets colder, up to 500 eagles a day will flow into the Harrison Mills area, like they did during a cold snap in October. More than 2,000 are already in the area. A local organization known as the Hancock Wildlife Foundation are the ones that care for injured birds and then gather in November to release these rehabilitated birds back into their environment. Established by DAVID HANCOCK in 2006 to broaden his at that time more than 60 years of lecturing and teaching about wildlife and conservation, especially bald eagles. The organization also has a number of webcams active that anyone can log into via the web to see just how the eagles and possibly their young are coming along through the season. Eagles are such beautiful, graceful and amazing birds, they deserve to be helped along their way.

Gender reveal prank ends with a bang2m02s

Gender reveal prank ends with a bang

The time had come. Ryan and Megan had chosen that they wanted to know the gender of their baby. Three months into her pregnancy and she was getting eager to know whether the new little Ferguson was going to a boy or a girl. Of course either way that little baby is going to be loved more than anything. With both sides of the family quite close this was a very exciting time. Megan's sisters had thought hard and done all the planning of the type of reveal this was going to be. Ryan and Megan wanted this to be a big surprise for them. Kelly and Dana got very creative and even had rules. Upon the game commencing the noise and anxiety rose for almost everyone in attendance. Ryan had friends from elementary school, yes his kindergarten class, and Megan had many of her close friends as well. Elsa, Ryan's step mom had prepared an incredible meal for all the guests making this a wonderful evening of friends and family. Working their way through the first stage of the reveal was fun. Soon everyone was seeing the balloons showing this was going to be a girl.... but then there was a twist. You will see the expression on Megan's face when Ryan and her are down to the last two balloons. One boy and one girl balloon. Which will have the surprise inside? One, Two, Three... Now you will have to watch the video to see the outcome. Keep an eye on the picture in picture inset and catch the SUPER EXCITEMENT of Ryan's step mom, it is classic. What a great evening this was. Many were surprised which gender the little surprise was, all because many had the same "feeling" as to the gender. Very joyful outcome with tears of joy and many hugs for the soon to be new mom and dad. Ryan and Megan, here comes the most exciting time of your lives. Bella the family dog is sure to make for a great "big sister".

Glider Pilot Calls His Buddy to Come Over And Play 1m43s

Glider Pilot Calls His Buddy to Come Over And Play

Gliding in beautiful British Columbia has become a huge part of Kevin's life. Growing up on Vancouver Island not far from the Comox Airforce base, Kevin always dreamt of becoming a fighter pilot. Cfb Comox as it is know houses the CC-115 Buffalo Aircraft and CH-149 Cormorant Helicopters, they also carry out search and rescue operations in the busiest region in Canada, stretching from the B.C.-Washington border to the Arctic, and from the Rocky Mountains to 1,200 km out into the Pacific. As a young teenager Kevin had been involved with Air Cadets and did some gliding, but never attained his glider pilots licence. Once graduated from high school, Kevin began chasing his dream. He enrolled for the preliminaries of becoming an officer, and passed the first testing of aptitude, physical health and general knowledge. Then one day his world came crashing down, he was diagnosed with colour blindness. His dream of joining the forces and becoming a pilot were finished. Although colour blindness is not actually blindness, it is a deficiency in the way someone can see colours. Mainly blue and yellow, red and green cause the issues for those with this issue. Onward with life brought Kevin many accomplishments. Always loving aircraft he took up the hobby of flying radio controlled aircraft and became highly skilled with this. Airplanes and then helicopters opened up one BIG investment into turbine powered jets. Years go by, hobbies change, and Kevin gets that bug. That bug, is to fly once again. He heads out to Hope Airpark in Hope British Columbia and starts asking about learning to fly gliders. Soon enough he is enrolled in ground school at Skyquest Aviation and jumps in with both feet. School, flight training, all mixed in with everyday life and within a year Kevin is a certified Canadian Glider Pilot. Browsing a website for aircraft he comes across the perfect glider for him. Complete with trailer, parachute and some extra bits and pieces. How is he going to afford this? Well hanging in his garage are a few of those turbine radio controlled jets.... they carry a hefty price tag, so yes you guessed it. Two of those beauties get sold and Kevin is the proud owner of his first full scale glider. In this video you see the amazing scenery that both glider and powered aircraft pilots in the Vancouver area get to enjoy. This is an extremely beautiful part of Canada. Along with the scenery enjoy the "pilot chatter", it is always fun listening to someones passion.

Great White Sharks come in close to inspect divers58s

Great White Sharks come in close to inspect divers

Scuba diving with Great White Sharks is an amazing experience. Near Guadalupe Island in Mexico is the perfect location to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. More than 100 miles off the shore of Ensenada Mexico which is just across the U.S border, means this is quite the trip. Boarding a live aboard yacht the group endured an over night voyage to get to the dive sight. Once there they were briefed on the very strict rules of engagement with these animals which is governed by the Mexican government. On board was also a government official to keep track and log the animals seen as the movements and return of these beautiful animals is of highest priority. Guadalupe Island is a mid point from the regular area the sharks live to their breeding grounds. Being a declared marine reserve the sharks are at no threat to humans making this the perfect location to view these beautiful animals in their natural environment. Divers and animal lovers alike travel from all over the world to visit the Great Whites of Guadalupe. These massive animals can reach 20 feet long and nearly 5000 pounds. Amazing. Many say they feel intimidated and anxious at first when entering the water with these sharks, but that soon becomes amazement once you see how graceful they are. Curious may be the best way to describe the sharks with the divers. But beware, wild animals can never be predicted. This definitely is an experience that creates memories.

Adorable baby bunny sleeps in woman's arms28s

Adorable baby bunny sleeps in woman's arms

Aldor Acres farm in Aldergrove, British Columbia has a very special event during the fall season. Along with opening their property up to the public to visit their pumpkin patch and choose that special pre Jack o lantern pumpkin for Halloween they do much more. This is an amazing gem found in the farmlands of the area. Fall decorations cover the complete public areas. From a market store visitors can purchase preserves, honey and other goods. They also have some very fun mini pumpkins, gourds, mini hay bales along with corn stalks and sunflowers to complete your fall home decorations. If you like farm animals then this is also the place to come. Cows, big cows not just those little guys, they have a massive male that just hangs around and gets petted by everyone. Goats.... they have babies and mama and papa goats. The little goats are the cutest but very sneaky so watch your shoe laces and bag of feed. Head into the barn and get ready for some "awwws" as this is where you will find these tiny little 10 day old bunnies seen in the video. So tiny they look like mice, but cuter of course. Want to pet and feed a Llama, well you can do that too. Like the goats the Llama are sneaky too, feed him and sneak in a scratch on his head . Piglets by the dozen are here as well. Donkeys love to be scratched as well, big floppy ears will create some chuckles for sure. And if you have come for that big ol' pumpkin or the wee little one then get ready to hit the 15 acre field and make a decision. No you don't have to walk, the tractor drawn super fun hay wagon ride will drop you right in the perfect spot to make your selection. Year after year many return and make this a very special time of year with family and friends. Who doesn't love a farm and all it's fun and loving animals just waiting for you to come visit. If you get out to Aldor Acres in Aldergrove, British Columbia, just a short hour drive from the centre of Vancouver, enjoy. You will want to make it an annual ritual as Brent and his family do.