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The Online Resource for Divers in New Jersey
and Long Island New York - dive "Wreck Valley"
Beneath the Garden State: Exploring Aquatic New Jersey
Herb Segars has been scuba diving, exploring and photographing in the waters off New Jersey for more than thirty years. He has written more than 70 magazine articles and has more than 2000 published photos. His work has appeared in Geo, BBC Wildlife, National Geographic, National Geographic World, Natural History, National Wildlife, Newsweek, Ranger Rick, Smithsonian, The World and I, Outdoor America and many other national and international publications.
Illustrated with over 230 brilliant color photos, New Jersey—The Underwater Garden State introduces you to the strange and beautiful animals found in the Atlantic waters off New Jersey. See the beauty of the one-half-inch long naked sea butterfly or the fascinating blue shark, sandbar shark and sand tiger shark. Watch a goosefish (monkfish) devour a black sea bass or see a sea star growing new arms. The subjects are familiar and not-so familiar. Visit New Jersey’s artificial reefs made of subway cars, army tanks, armored personnel carriers, tug boats and large ships. New Jersey is home to more than 2,000 shipwrecks and some of the more famous ones are featured. You will read personal accounts of Herb Segars’ thirty years of scuba diving and photographing in New Jersey.
Whether you are a fisherman, scuba diver, surfer, beach lover, environmentalist or just someone who loves the ocean, this is the book for you.
The book will be available at the end of April, 2012. A signed copy can be purchased for $29.99 plus $5.00 shipping at www.gotosnapshot.com/njgarden.html.
Load Table of Contents in sidebar ( much faster website navigation )
Navigating this website
There are two ways to navigate this website:
- Follow the links in the navigation bar along the left side of each page. Each section of the website opens with an Introduction giving an overall description of that subject area. Use the Contents links to then load the table of contents, listing the many specific subject pages. All external links will open in a single new window, which is re-used if already open.
- For those who prefer more continuous frames-style navigation, click on "" to load the Table of Contents in a sidebar, where it will be visible all the time. The selector at the top of the sidebar will move you quickly between different sections of the website. External links will open in the main frame. Click on Single Screen to dismiss the sidebar.
I'm not going to give lengthy directions on how to get around here. I think after a short time you will get the hang of it. I am assuming that most folks are savvy enough not to need every link to say "Click Here ..." Text links are always a different color from the adjoining text, and will always light up when you mouse over them. Many pictures also have links on them, so pay attention to the shape of your mouse pointer as you move it around.
Using frames, it is possible to get from any page to any other page in at most two clicks, three without frames, and with no scrolling. For a website with upwards of 400 html pages, many of then quite lengthy, that is a triumph of design, if I may say so myself.
Where to Start ?
This website has grown beyond anything I ever envisioned when I began it in 1996 ( mainly just to teach myself html ! ) There are hundreds of different pages covering thousands of subjects. While I think everything is pretty well organized, that's still a whole lot of stuff. Where would I start? Well, based on my statistics, here are some of the most popular pages, and also a few of my favorites:
- SS Delaware - the most-dived shipwreck on the New Jersey coast.
- Hankins Wreck - some nice photos of a typical New Jersey dive site.
- SS Mohawk - some more photos of a different sort of shipwreck.
- Stolt Dagali - yet another shipwreck, one of the most popular in the area.
- San Diego & Oregon - Long Island's premiere diving shipwrecks.
Once you find a subject that interests you, just dive right in. Everything is cross-linked with everything else, across all subjects, so you never know what you might
find, no matter where you start.
That's me in my famous blue hat, standing right next to John Chatterton !
John is the star of that TV diving show, you know, Deep Sea Detectives,
as well as the book and upcoming major motion picture Shadow Divers.
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