I was at a birthday dinner last night for my 96 year old mother and was sitting across from my aunt. My aunt used to dive (in fact I certified her and my uncle many moons ago). Her husband, my uncle - mom’s brother, passed away a few years ago. Anyway, she asked me what I was up to these days and I told her about the Sea Hunt Forever event in Silver Springs. She then related the following story.
By way of background, my uncle hand-built a 60 foot powered catamaran back in the 80's. I watched him build it from the keels down (he built the hulls upside down). See photo below. It was a very unique boat and was prominently featured in several yachting magazines at the time. My aunt and uncle were on board on a trip up through the Canadian Gulf Islands in British Columbia in the early 90's. They were anchored in a little out-of-the way cove getting ready for lunch and doing some fishing.
All of the sudden a small sea plane buzzed them, landed, and taxied over to their boat. Out steps Lloyd Bridges, tells my aunt and uncle he saw their boat from the air, recognized it, and asks if he can have a tour. Now my uncle was used to being around famous people, my aunt not so much. She said she was so star-struck she had a hard time articulating a proper sentence. Anyway, they invited Lloyd and his pilot to stay for lunch, do some fishing, etc... He did! They had a great afternoon together. Then Lloyd got back in his sea plane and flew off to some resort he was headed to. One of those stories no one would ever hear about otherwise.
"The diver who collects specimens of underwater life has fun and becomes a keen underwater observer. .. seek slow-moving or attached organisms such as corals, starfish, or shelled creatures." (Golden Guide to Scuba Diving, 1968)