When: Tuesday June 11th 7pm
Where: McGee’s Irish Pub
240 W. 55th St. (between 8th & Broadway)
3rd floor (Symphony room)
Patricia (PJ) has been travelling to Indonesia on dive trips since 1999 and has been diving in Bunaken National Marine Park north of Manado in north Sulawesi (one of Indonesia’s five largest islands) at least 10 times. However, she had never been diving in the southern end of Bunaken National Marine Park. But all of that changed in the fall of 2011 when she did pay a visit to “The Sassy South End of Bunaken”after winning a stay at Minahasa Lagoon Resort in the Silent Auction at Beneath the Sea. Bunaken National Marine Park is an international dive destination and plays host to many divers, especially in and around Bunaken Island itself. However, the south end of the park experiences far fewer divers. In the south end of Bunaken, she was blown away with the diving finding unique, other-worldly critters including a newly-discovered pygmy sea-horse just recently named; dynamic schools of fish; and astounding underwater seascapes with healthy reefs and corals, all undamaged and in pristine condition. And on top of that, the dive sites were NEVER crowded!! PJ’s presentation will be a “show-and-tell” describing, as always, the marine animals she photographed and the experiences she had.
Bio: Patricia A. Jordan (also known as PJ) is a retired physical education teacher from New Jersey. PJ has been diving for forty years, mostly in warm-water locations such as the Caribbean, Central and South America, the South Pacific, the Red Sea, and Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia. A free-lance photographer, she has captured images depicting the extraordinary beauty of our underwater world as well as the diverse cultural rites of indigenous populations worldwide which she presents at symposiums, educational institutes and universities, and dive seminars. Her images have appeared in publications such as Graphis, Islands, Ocean Realm, Alert Diver and Dive Training,and have garnered awards in international and national competitions. PJ has worked as a research diver for the Pacific Whale Foundation in Maui, Hawaii, and is a Fellow Member of the Explorers Club.