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The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Trivia Guide is the most referenced SEA HUNT trivia source in the world.

The Scuba Guy regularly receives and enjoys Email from SEA HUNT fans.  These are some of the actual Emails received and you might enjoy them too.  A new Email is regularly selected and added, so check back from time to time and see what SEA HUNT fans are saying.

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Editor Note:  Bill Jones, The Scuba Guy, is a PADI Master Instructor and a Published and Award-Winning Writer


To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 W. M.

Date:

17 Mar 06

Subject:

Closing Lines

-----Original Message-----

Hello Scuba Guy,

At the very end of each SEA HUNT episode, Lloyd Bridges would be sitting in his boat recapping the lesson learned from the story and after that he would say a phrase about being safe, but I can’t really remember?

 What was that phrase?  I’ve been trying to remember it for years.

 Thanks, W. M., Tallahassee, Florida

To:

 W. M.

From:

 The Scuba Guy

Date:

 17 Mar 06

Subject:

 Re:  Closing Lines

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

Many TV shows of the day would end with some sort of invitation to watch the show again next week.  One of the better remembered was "Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel".   Today its usually done a little more discretely by showing you scenes from next week's show and touting the promo with an excited announcer, "Next week on Boston Legal".

SEA HUNT was no different.  Bridges wasn't "recapping the lesson learned", but more to the point, he was telling you to tune-in again next week, couched in what many wrongly remember as a "safety message".  These are called "tag lines" or "closing tags" in the business.  Many affiliates didn't even air this "short promo" from SEA HUNT so they could use the seconds of time for their own promo or commercial followed by SEA HUNT's closing credits.

There were just a handful of these tags and they were rotated among shows and had no direct connection with the story.  Here are some of those tag lines:

"Hi, there, I'm Lloyd Bridges.  Skin diving is certainly a lot of fun and it's full of adventure.  See some more of it again next week".  Bridges grunts.  "When there'll be another excursion into that fabulous underwater world of Sea Hunt".

"Hello there. I'm Lloyd Bridges.  Skin diving is fun and adventure for young and old, but it can be dangerous!  So know the sport well and don't take any chances.  Be with you next week for another exciting Sea Hunt".

"You know, three-fifths of the world is covered by the sea, and how little most of us know about that underwater world. Go below with us again next week".  Bridges grunts. "For another thrilling adventure in Sea Hunt."

"I'm Lloyd Bridges inviting you to join us for another action-packed story of underwater adventure one week from today".

"I'll be back next week at this same time with another Sea Hunt story. Plan to be with us again".  Bridges grunts.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 S. R.

Date:

09 Mar 06

Subject:

Silver Springs

-----Original Message-----

Hello Scuba Guy,

I went to Silver Springs theme park and the tour guide said that there were 144 episodes of Sea Hunt filmed at Silver Springs in Florida.

Is this true? ...because your website states otherwise.

Which is true?

Thanks,  S. R.

Editor Note:  Silver Springs is a natural springs park in Silver Springs Florida and was one of the second-unit shooting sites for SEA HUNT.  While tens of thousands of feet of film were shot at Silver Springs, a good portion of the film was never needed or used.

To:

 S. R.

From:

 The Scuba Guy

Date:

 09 Mar 06

Subject:

 Re:  SEA HUNT DVD

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

Promotional and media releases from Silver Springs have, for decades, claimed that more than 100 episodes of SEA HUNT were shot there. But this is the first time I have heard of the 144 episodes claim.

SEA HUNT was shot in a matrix fashion where the second unit film team would go to locations such as Silver Springs and shoot topside and underwater "stock footage" that would be edited with mostly California footage into the storyline for an episode of the show. Stock footage like this was used to falsely "establish" a location of the story for the viewer.  In other words, it made the viewer think that's where the show was taking place.

Not one episode of SEA HUNT was ever completely shot at Silver Springs.  When the show stopped production, literally tens of thousands of feet of left-over second unit stock footage still existed that was never put into any episode and so never aired.

I've never bothered to argue with the Silver Springs promotional claim that 100 episodes were filmed there mainly because it would take me several hundred hours of analysis to prove or disprove the claim.

For the moment, let's agree that the definition of "an episode was shot here" means that at least one cut or one scene from Silver Springs appears in an episode, therefore the episode can be said to have been shot at Silver Springs. My guess is their claim still cannot really be true, since scenes or shots from Silver Springs are probably not in, or even close to, 100 episodes.

Even the stock scenes used behind the opening titles and the closing credits were shot in the Pacific Ocean next to Marineland of the Pacific (Park operated 1954-1987) in Rancho Palos Verdes California, not at Silver Springs Florida.  So it can't be the title sequences adding to their claim.

As for the claim that 144 episodes were shot at Silver Springs, that's simply not possible. There were 155 episodes produced and that would suggest that I need only find 11 plus 1 episodes without a Silver Springs scene or shot. That would be easy to do.

For the third and fourth season of SEA HUNT, the second unit permanently moved from Florida to the Bahamas and little or no second unit footage was shot in Florida after the move.  Their claim would suggest that the second unit spent two years in the Bahamas for 11 or fewer shows. Ivan Tors and Fred Ziv watched the $40,000-per-episode budget a little too close for that to be true.

I would suggest to you that the "144 show" claim is a theme park promotional myth and has no basis in fact.  Sort of like being in a museum and the guide tells you to notice how the eyes in the picture seem to follow you as you move around the room.  The question is provable one way or the other. If I get the time someday, I may have to check it out.

Thanks for your letter, I appreciate hearing about this.  Maybe someone from Silver Springs would like to tell me where I am wrong.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 S. B.

Date:

28 July 05

Subject:

Mask and Flippers

-----Original Message-----

Dear Scuba Guy,

I was at the opening of the New York Worlds Fair in 1964.  I am a fanatic Lloyd Bridges / SEA HUNT fan and still have the Mask and Flippers book Bridges signed.  It was co-signed by Huntington Hartford of the A & P Supermarket fortune who was co-sponsoring the exhibit with Richard's Aqualung Dive Center on 42nd street in Manhattan.  Lloyd, Jeff, and Cindy Bridges hung out at the SEA HUNT exhibit all day.

S. B., Brooklyn

Editor Note:  In the Transportation and Travel Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair was a SEA HUNT exhibit with a recorded narration by Lloyd Bridges. The Underwater Grotto Theatre was billed as "The World's First Underwater Dramatic Theatre".  There were SEA HUNT souvenirs including an Official SEA HUNT Souvenir Program.  Bridges was available for autographs on "opening day".  Huntington Hartford (George Huntington Hartford II) was born in 1911 in New York City and was heir to The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company.  The chain had grown to 4,700 stores and became known as A & P Grocery Stores by 1951.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 F. C.

Date:

28 July 05

Subject:

SEA HUNT DVD

-----Original Message-----

Dear Scuba Guy,

I eMailed MGM several times and assured them that if they were to put Sea-Hunt on DVD that I would buy a complete set.

Do you know the status of any MGM decisions on the release of the DVD's?  I would love to see SEA HUNT on DVD.  SEA HUNT gave me the dive bug to even at an early age.  I promised that I would learn and have loved every dive I've ever made (300+).

Great web site and many thanks for your efforts!

With Best Regards, F. C., Gainesville, VA

Editor Note:  Sony / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is considering making SEA HUNT available on DVD according to USA TODAY.  No decision has been made.  Email Amy Zwagerman, Director of Library Marketing, Sony / MGM Home Video now and tell her you are a big SEA HUNT Fan and you want to know when the DVD's will be available.

To:

 F. C.

From:

 The Scuba Guy

Date:

 28 July 05

Subject:

 Re:  SEA HUNT DVD

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

All of us need to continue to bug MGM about releasing SEA HUNT on DVD.  There is a deal in the works for Sony to acquire the MGM movie and television library.  My guess is that is putting a lot of releases on hold right now.  Stay tuned.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 P. P.

Date:

17 July 05

Subject:

"Sea Hunt Tribute"

-----Original Message-----

Hi There Scuba Guy,

"Five Tanks" for your SEA HUNT website!  I LIKE IT!  On a day like this in Iowa with the weather hot and humid, I like to sit and watch the Sea Hunt videos that I have.  I have every episode.

My favorite is "Round Up" with Jack Nicholson.  I understand you gave it "Three Tanks" and I will agree with you on that.  But I liked it because of Jack Nicholson's mastery of the English language in his role as "John Stark".  Nicholson said to Mike Nelson, "How many times I gotta tell you?  There ain't no bomb!"  I wonder who wrote the script for this episode!

Anyway, (your website is) a great tribute to Lloyd Bridges and the underwater world of Sea Hunt!

Thanks Scuba Guy!  Sincerely, P. P.

Editor Note:  The final episode of SEA HUNT was “Round Up” Ziv #4.38.  The episode was 3 left-over un-finished shows cut together as one story with portions written by E.M. Parsons and Stanley H. Silverman released September 23, 1961.  It included a young and mostly unknown actor named Jack Nicholson in a very forgettable two-line role delivered only as Nicholson can.  The Scuba Guy can only give this thrown-together story a rating of 3 tanks.  But an interesting underlying plot that quietly surfaces is the day to day risks that Mike must take.  Shaking his head in disgust in the very last scene, it appears that Mike is thinking about quitting the Scuba diving profession as he reflects on the risks he has taken in the last few days or maybe throughout the 4 years of the SEA HUNT series.  The Scuba guy wrote the following about "Round Up" in 2003:  Scuba Guy Rating:  3 tanks  Three poorly tied bomb-story leftovers put together for one show.  Lot's of underwater scenes.  Shaking his head in disgust, it's almost like Mike is thinking about quitting diving in the last scene as he reflects on going through the last few days.  Was this some sort of subtle message on the last show? © 2003 Bill Jones:

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 P. L.

Date:

30 June 05

Subject:

"Light Glare"

-----Original Message-----

Dear Scuba Guy,

I was born and raised 5 miles south of Marineland of the Pacific.  The collection vessel "Geronimo" was manned by two fishermen from my home town of San Pedro.  I remember one of them saying in a local interview that a lot of scenes were filmed in Marineland's giant oval fish tank.

I started to become more observant watching episodes, and I could swear on occasion (I saw) a glimpse of a viewing window or a reflection of a window would appear.  The reflection would not come from the surface as in sunlight "prisming" through the water, but horizontally from the screen's edges.

Anyway, I hope to purchase some DVD's when they become available and check them out some 35 years later to see if I was seeing things or not.

"Tank You" for a cool website, P. L.

Editor Note:  SEA HUNT shot lots of close-ups at Marineland of the Pacific in Rancho Palos Verdes and at Marineland of Florida near St. Augustine.  These saltwater "Oceanarium's" became underwater filming studios for the show.  Standard 35mm film cameras were positioned outside of the tanks looking thru the glass into the saltwater.  Shooting schedules were tight and it would not surprise me if the scenes shot at these locations occasionally included stray-light glass-window reflections.  Maybe some fan would like to catalog these goofs!  Television viewers weren't as critical in those days.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 D. P.

Date:

16 February 05

Subject:

"Big John" McLaughlin

-----Original Message-----

Dear Scuba Guy,

I was a friend of "Big John" McLaughlin when I lived in Fort Lauderdale during the 1970's and 80's.   I went with him and B. A. on their dive boat to the Bahamas when they shot a Timex commercial there around 1978.  Courtney Brown met us there with his kids.

My questions are what is Big John doing now? Does he still live in Fort Lauderdale?

Thanks, D. P.

Editor Note:  "Big John" McLaughlin did many of the stunts in the last season of SEA HUNT and looked enough like Bridges to be used in some underwater close-ups.  Courtney Brown appeared in virtually every episode until the final episodes in season four as Bridges underwater stunt double.

To:

 D. P.

From:

 The Scuba Guy

Date:

 16 February 05

Subject:

 Re:  "Big John" McLaughlin

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

Thanks for your letter.  Its always interesting to get a letter from someone who knew people connected to SEA HUNT.  McLaughlin still resides in the Fort Lauderdale area.  He is a Master Scuba Instructor and is still available for stunt work.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 Gene

Date:

 11 February 2005

Subject:

 Thanks

-----Original Message-----

Dear Scuba Guy,

I was a teen that was just taken out of the city streets and moved down the New Jersey shore when I started to watch SEA HUNT.  Hearing the ocean waves only one block from my house, It put the hook in me about Scuba Diving.  A year later, I took part in a Coast Guard Auxiliary class and got my certification.  When I turned 17 a few years later, I joined the Navy, entered B.U.D.S. in California, and was assigned to U.D.T. 11.  I served two tours of duty in Vietnam and all the members of the team came home.  I can't say enough about how SEA HUNT affected my life.  I often wonder what if I hadn't watched this program.

Thank you for providing this avenue to speak out on MY FAVORITE TV SHOW.  Gene

 

To:

 Gene

From:

 The Scuba Guy

Date:

 11 February 2005

Subject:

 Re:  Thanks

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

Thanks for your letter.  SEA HUNT affected millions of lives.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 T. P.

Date:

 04 January 2005

Subject:

 Thanks

-----Original Message-----

Dear Scuba Guy,

I want to thank you for your info on this old but well missed television show.  I used to watch this show as a child and loved every episode.

My husband is an SSI Master Diver and holds quite a few specialty certifications.  He just got certified in Dry Suit and Nitrox and is in training for DiveCon.  I am in training for my Open Water certification.  After months of watching my husband's excitement, I thought I would give Scuba a try.  I am 52 years old and thought I was too old.

Again I want to thank you for you website.  I enjoyed it.  T.P.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 C. B.

Date:

 26 November 04

Subject:

Thanks

-----Original Message-----

Dear Scuba Guy,

Just ran across your site and "WOW!" is all I can say.  I am 51 years old and yup, SEA HUNT  was a great influence.

I am a PADI Master Scuba Diver and my wife is a PADI DiveMaster.  I remember my dad making me a dual-tank SEA HUNT outfit out of Quaker's Oatmeal boxes.  I was YMCA certified in 1974.  In early `80's while playing in a band in Key West, I had a chance to join up as a diver with Mel Fisher.  I chickened out.  It was an open call, low pay, rare shore leave, long tedious hours underwater, but offered a chance to find treasure.

Thanks again for the great site and flashing back some memories!  C. B.

To:

 C. B.

From:

 The Scuba Guy

Date:

 1 December 04

Subject:

 Re:  Thanks

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

Thanks for your letter.  Sea Hunt continues to spark interest and memories.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 J. H.

Date:

 4 July 04

Subject:

 Too Old to Dive?

-----Original Message-----

Dear Scuba Guy,

Thank you so much for your incredible SEA HUNT website.  It is apparent that you have put a great deal of time and effort into making it one of the best TV-related sites on the internet... and you have succeeded!  You have created a highly informative and entertaining place for all fans of SEA HUNT and Classic TV shows.  I plan to visit frequently.

Probably due to watching SEA HUNT,  I have often thought of taking scuba diving lessons but I have just never "taken the plunge".  I am a reasonably fit 52-year old male, an average swimmer, with a little more leisure time than I used to have since the kids are grown.  Do you think it is too late in life to try some scuba lessons?  If you don't think the idea is crazy, could you recommend a good teacher or school in the Seattle/Tacoma area.  What would be your reasonable estimate of the initial cash outlay for lessons and equipment?

Thanks very much for your help, J. H., Gig Harbor, WA.

To:

 J. H.

From:

 The Scuba Guy

Date:

 4 July 04

Subject:

 Re:  Too Old to Dive?

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

The SEA HUNT information is constantly expanding so check back for new information from time to time.

Your age is not the driving factor in you becoming a Recreational Scuba Diver, but all divers must honestly face our real health situations, no matter our age.  Your local PADI Dive Center can supply you with a medical form you should take to your family Doctor and find out if you have any condition that might need to be addressed.  You can find your local PADI Dive Center  in the Seattle / Tacoma area by contacting PADI at 800-729-7234.  I've trained new divers decades older than you.  Read more about it:  Too Old to Dive?

If your Doctor has any reservation about signing your medical form, you may not want to stop there.  Many Doctors are not versed in the issues associated with Diving Medicine and will take the conservative approach of telling you "no".  DAN, the Diver's Alert Network at Duke University, will supply you with a list of Doctor's in your area (at no charge) that ARE FAMILIAR with Diving Medicine by calling 800-446-2671.  I would get the second opinion from a Doctor they recommend if there is any heath question.

I don't recommend specific instructors or dive stores but your local PADI Dive Center will be able to help you.  Training prices vary around the country depending on lots of factors including proximity of the open water dive sites you will use and the equipment needed for those sites.  Your local PADI Dive Center can explain everything to you without any obligation including giving you a free Discover Scuba Diving class.  Tell them The Scuba Guy sent you.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 Jed Livingstone

Date:

 30 June 04

Subject:

 NAUI Award

-----Original Message-----

Dear Scuba Guy,

Great site!

But you missed a bit of history about Mr. Bridges... or I was unable to find mention of it.  Bridges graciously accepted NAUI’s Honorary Scuba Instructor Award on September 28. 1987.

Jed Livingstone, Vice President Training and Product Development, NAUI Worldwide

To:

 Jed Livingstone

From:

 The Scuba Guy

Date:

 30 June 04

Subject:

 Re:  NAUI Award

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

Jed,

I was sort of aware of this and had a note about it but never researched it or included it.  I have now included the fact on the Lloyd Bridges Trivia page.

Thanks for your contribution to the site.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 Jerry Haleva

Date:

 20 May 04

Subject:

 Thank You

-----Original Message-----

Dear Scuba Guy,

I was so honored to have my quote included in your retrospective of Lloyd Bridges.  He was one of the finest and kindest human beings I have ever met!

The incredible privilege  of working with him on "Hot Shots! Part Deux" (1993) was truly one of the most memorable experiences of my life.  We celebrated his 80th birthday with his family on the set.  Seeing the love in that family was a memory I will always treasure!

Jerry Haleva

Editor Note:  Haleva played Saddam Hussein in "Hot Shots!" (1991), "Hot Shots! Part Deux" (1993), "The Big Lebowski" (1998), "Jane Austen's Mafia!" (1998), "The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest" (2002), and "Live From Baghdad" (2002)
 

To:

 Jerry Haleva

From:

 The Scuba Guy

Date:

 21 May 04

Subject:

 Re:  Thank You

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

Jerry,

Thanks for your very kind letter.

I know SEA HUNT fans will appreciate the reading about your experience with Lloyd Bridges.  Letters such as yours keep Bridges memory fresh in our minds and gives us further insight in the understanding of the man who made Scuba diving come alive for millions of people.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 R. T.

Date:

 26 April 04

Subject:

 Mike Nelson's Daughter

-----Original Message-----

Dear Scuba Guy,

As a young boy, I was sure Mile Nelson (actor Lloyd Bridges ) had a young daughter in the show SEA HUNT,

Did he have a daughter?

Thanks for your time, R. T.

To:

 R. T.

From:

 The Scuba Guy

Date:

 26 April 04

Subject:

 Re:  Mike Nelson's Daughter

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

We never meet anyone who is said to be Mike Nelson's daughter in the original 1958 SEA HUNT series. Both of Lloyd Bridges real-life sons appear in the show but not as Mike Nelson's sons. Bridges had a real-life daughter Cindy, but she never appeared in the show.

In the 1987 remake of SEA HUNT, Kimber Sissons plays Mike Nelson's daughter Jennifer Nelson.  Nelson is played by Ron Ely in the remake.

There was a SEA HUNT copy-cat show ASSIGNMENT UNDERWATER (National Telefilm Associates (NTA) Television Series for first-run syndication, B&W, 1960). SEA HUNT had become a very successful TV show by 1960 and this is a good example of competition trying to cash-in on SEA HUNT's huge success.  ASSIGNMENT UNDERWATER starred Bill Williams as Bill Greer and Diane Mountford as Patty Greer.  Bill Greer is an ex-marine, professional diver, and owner of the Lively Lady charter boat. Greer, a widower, fights crime under the sea with the help of his eight-year-old daughter Patty. Sound familiar? There were only 39 episodes of ASSIGNMENT UNDERWATER.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 A. G.

Date:

 7 April 04

Subject:

 SEA HUNT Memorabilia

-----Original Message-----

Dear Scuba Guy,

I have run across several boxes of well-preserved SEA HUNT Memorabilia, including pictures, type-written scripts, and signed diver patches.

Do you know who James McKnight was and how he was affiliated with SEA HUNT?  Thanks for any information you could pass on.

I am a diver as well, and find all of this very interesting.

Thank you and regards,  A. G.

To:

 A. G.

From:

 The Scuba Guy

Date:

 8 April 04

Subject:

 Re:  SEA HUNT Memorabilia

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

Do you have any clue how jealous the rest of us are?  Congratulations, you lucky dog.  Thank you for sharing these comments with us.  I enjoy hearing about personal SEA HUNT memorabilia finds like this.

I can find no connection between James McKnight and SEA HUNT but will continue looking and let you know.  Maybe a fan can help us out here.

As you sift through your find, please let me know what all you discover.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 J. A.

Date:

 7 March 04

Subject:

 Puma "Frogman"

-----Original Message-----

Hello Scuba Guy,

I have a Puma "Frogman" in very good condition.

Do you have any information on it's value?

Thank you, J. A.

Editor Note:  The Puma "Frogman" is a knife that was popular with some divers in the late 1950's and beyond.

To:

 J. A.

From:

 The Scuba Guy

Date:

 10 March 04

Subject:

 Re:   Puma "Frogman"

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

The knife is worth what someone will pay for it, of course.  Some reputable antique dealers are asking around $400 for the knife in the condition you describe.  I have seen that knife in its original box in new condition on an auction website with the seller asking for a minimum bid of $100.  I have no idea if he sold it, or if he got that amount or more. In any case, the knife is certainly worth its practical value and probably much more.

As a Master Scuba Instructor, I would not recommend that type of knife to students for use in Scuba diving.  Modern Scuba knives are smaller, sharper, easy to maintain, easier to carry underwater, and are designed for recreational Scuba needs.

Unsubstantiated claims are often made on auction websites that the Puma "Frogman" knife was used by Lloyd Bridges on SEA HUNT.  I assume that you are aware of this and that is why you are asking me about the knife.  Reputable antique dealers never make the "Lloyd Bridges used it on SEA HUNT" claim.  If you have any proof that the knife was used on camera, please let me know.

There are several reasons to believe that Bridges used a Voit (U.S. Divers) "Vulcan" dive knife in many of the episodes.  Remember, Voit and Ziv Television Programs had a joint Voit-SEA HUNT professional Scuba product marketing promotion deal.  The contract called for Voit scuba gear to be featured throughout the series. There was no such cross-promotion deal with Puma.

The Puma "Frogman" and the Voit "Vulcan" are very similar looking knives. The Scuba Guy has not confirmed what dive knife or knives were used on camera, much less which models. It is possible that several different knives were used throughout the series or even within one show.  If I had to guess, I would say the knife Bridges is seen using is a Voit "Vulcan".

For logistical and practical reasons, Bridges and his stunt doubles used various other dive gear than suggested on The Scuba Guy website on occasion,  in some episodes.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 J. P.

Date:

 10 February 04

Subject:

 In Appreciation

-----Original Message-----

Dear Scuba Guy,

I wanted you to know how much I have enjoyed your SEA HUNT site.  Having done some research myself, I can appreciate the time and energy you put into this.

I made my first dive in 1959 at age 10 and have been at it ever since.  Sea Hunt was my inspiration.  I saw each one of the original shows except one (I fell asleep - it aired at 10:30p) from 1958 - 61.  All of the episodes were viewed in a reverential silence and awe.

I had an article published in SKIN DIVER magazine in 1993 and have done a variety of slide shows on such topics as "Shipwrecks of the North Carolina Coast" at underwater conferences.  Quite naturally, I have a Rolex Submariner.

It took me a while, but I eventually collected all 155 episodes on VHS, ranging from fair to excellent quality, and an extensive amount of SEA HUNT memorabilia.  One of my biggest life regrets is never having met Lloyd Bridges.

Ziv #4.1, "Point of No Return" (Original Release Date: January 7, 1961) is my favorite episode, but I fail to see any shot that was done in deep water.  Was the deep footage edited out?

I was a little surprised that you didn't mention Ken Drake, who appeared in more episodes than any other actor (unless you count Courtney doubling Bridges in 95 % of the underwater shots).

Great job!  You've made a lot of 50-something divers happy.

All the best,  J. P., Saratoga Springs, NY

To:

  J. P.

From:

  The Scuba Guy

Date:

  12 February 04

Subject:

  Re:   In Appreciation

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

I remember reading and enjoying your article in SKIN DIVER magazine.

At the beginning of the 4th season, the show's financial success allowed Tors to spend some extra money beyond the episode budget. The custom-built "Argonaut" is evidence of the spending.

Ricou Browning was brought in to jazz-up the underwater sequences. Browning is probably most responsible for the selection of the beautiful Lyford Cay wall for a shooting location.

The shot list confirms that the plan for Ziv #4.1, "Point of No Return" (Original Release Date: January 7, 1961) was to use the wall for two reasons.  First, it would act as a background visual reference for the viewer in close-ups and two-shots of how fast and violently the "Scubasphere" was falling. Second, the shot list also called for long shots from above and below to give the viewer a depth reference as it fell.

Before cameras and lights were set up, the negatively buoyant prop escaped from the riggers and made the fall, sinking to the bottom. Some film was shot as the accident was occurring.  Several stunt divers and diving assistants including "Big John" McLaughlin were very nearly seriously injured. After a break, the crew got a few more "safe" shots and called it a day.  There was no budget for a second set-up, which would have extended to another shooting day.

For the most part, the Lyford Cay shoot was a big fiasco, a waste of money, and potentially dangerous.  Very little of the footage shot that day was used.  Paul Stader and Ivan Tors agreed to return to a more traditional second-unit shot lists in mostly fifteen feet of water for future episodes.

You are also correct in your contention that Ken Drake appeared in more episodes than any other actor (unless you count Brown doubling for Bridges underwater).  Drake is credited for 21 episodes.  I now mention this on my SEA HUNT Trivia page.

It's not just 50-something divers that remember the show.  In his latter years at a children's TV award banquet, Lloyd Bridges said "I was glad to hear...because this is a young audience...that some of you have seen SEA HUNT".  I regularly ask students in my Scuba classes if anyone was influenced by SEA HUNT in anyway to take the class.  I normally receive a positive response of about 1 in 4.

It's fun to read other people's view of the show and their experiences, often life steering experiences.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 J. D.

Date:

 18 January 04

Subject:

 Ending Credits

-----Original Message-----

Hi Scuba Guy,

First off...great site!

Do you know where the scenes for the closing credits of SEA HUNT  were filmed?  I am especially interested in the episodes that showed the boat with crossed poles, heading in among the rocks along the coastline.

Thanks and keep up the good work!  J. D.

To:

  J. D.

From:

  The Scuba Guy

Date:

  21 January 04

Subject:

  Re:   Ending Credits

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

Marineland of the Pacific, open from 1954 to 1987, was SEA HUNT's primary underwater close-up filming location.  The theme park was located on the Long Point hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the 6000 block of Palos Verdes Drive South on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Rancho Palos Verdes California.

The closing credits where Mike's boat is heading east among the rocks along the coastline was filmed in the Pacific Ocean just below the Long Point hilltop.

The west end of the hilltop is currently being used by Universal Studios as a lot to build sets for movies. The village in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003) was built and shot here.  The fortress (supposedly in Carmel) where the bad guys were holding the kidnapped Bosley in "Charlie's Angels" (2000) was a matte painting superimposed on this hilltop. The Scuba Guy was recently on the set with Universal for a movie with an exploding building.

There is a 46 parking space public "pocket park" at Point Vicente just west of the property on Palos Verdes Drive South where you can park and view the movie making.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 K. L.

Date:

 11 January 04

Subject:

 SEA HUNT Watch

-----Original Message-----

Dear Scuba Guy,

Can you tell me what kind of dive watch the divers wore on SEA HUNT?

Thanks, K. L., Vancouver, WA ';

To:

  K. L.

From:

  The Scuba Guy

Date:

  11 January 04

Subject:

  Re:  SEA HUNT Watch

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

Bridges wore the Sportsways Navy Depth Gauge with revolving numbers on his right wrist and an expanding-bracelet, rotating-bezel Rolex Submariner (model 6538) watch on his left wrist.  The Rolex 6538,  the less expensive 6536, and the original 6204 are known to collectors as the "James Bond Submariners".

The original Rolex watch that Bridges is seen wearing in the show is believed to be in the possession of his son Jeff.

One of the main reasons for the success of this model watch was that television and movies had started to feature the Rolex Underwater Series which made the watch more appealing to the general public. Rolex was fortunate in that Rene Jeanneret, one of the company directors, was an avid Scuba diver and could give their watch designers an understanding and viewpoint of a diver's needs that their competitors did not have.

The Rolex Submariner remains the standard by which all dive watches are still judged today.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 M. M.

Date:

 12 December 03

Subject:

 Similar to SEA HUNT

-----Original Message-----

Dear Scuba Guy,

Was there ever an actor by the name of Kevin Teague?  This would have been in the 60's or so.  It was a show similar to SEA HUNT.

Thanks for your response, M. M.

To:

  M. M.

From:

  The Scuba Guy

Date:

  18 December 03

Subject:

  Re:  Similar to SEA HUNT

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

A quick review of the 60's TV shows and of A.F.T.R.A. and S.A.G. lists turns-up no actors named Kevin Teague.  Maybe another fan can help me out here, but I am not aware of any other SEA-HUNT type show as you suggest.  Many fans would argue that there is no show "similar to SEA HUNT" even if you try to count the 22 episodes of the new version of SEA HUNT (1987-88).

Ok, I admit it, there was a Ziv United Artists Television show made for CBS called The Aquanauts (1960-61) starring Keith Larsen (1-14), Jeremy Slate, and Ron Ely (15-32).  The first episode hit the air on September 14, 1960.  Scheduled for Wednesdays at 6:30p cst, SEA HUNT's Ivan Tors produced this hour-long rip-off of his own show!  Harry Redmond Jr. and Wende Wagner were simultaneously working on this show and the very successful SEA HUNT.  Originally turning down Tors SEA HUNT pilot, CBS was now willing to try a similar idea and cash-in on a good thing.  The show was about a couple of professional salvage divers that took risks recovering sunken wrecks near Honolulu. A typical storyline caused our heroes to run into the bad-guy divers that wanted to reach the wreck first or for some reason needed to make sure that the wreck would not be recovered.  Poor ratings caused Tors to cut costs and re-tool the show midway through the first year so the hero divers moved their shop to Malibu.  On March 1, 1961 episode 20 aired and was renamed Malibu Run.  The stories had noticeably less underwater footage and were aimed at a younger audience.  Tors failed to keep the program from sinkingAfter one season of 32 shows, CBS was not impressed and cancelled the series.

There was a SEA HUNT copy-cat show ASSIGNMENT UNDERWATER (National Telefilm Associates (NTA) Television Series for first-run syndication, B&W, 1960). SEA HUNT had become a very successful TV show by 1960 and this is a good example of competition trying to cash-in on SEA HUNT's huge success.  ASSIGNMENT UNDERWATER starred Bill Williams as Bill Greer and Diane Mountford as Patty Greer.  Bill Greer is an ex-marine, professional diver, and owner of the Lively Lady charter boat. Greer, a widower, fights crime under the sea with the help of his eight-year-old daughter Patty. There were only 39 episodes of ASSIGNMENT UNDERWATER.

Some SEA HUNT fans think that there may have been a SEA HUNT movie.  There was no SEA HUNT movie.  There have been rumors in Hollywood over the years about several possible script ideas for a movie. Peter Benchley, who wrote "Jaws" (1975), was hired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in November 1994 to write a script that would focus on the estranged son of Mike Nelson. No one was sure if Lloyd Bridges would come back to play Mike Nelson but speculation was that they would try to get Jeff Bridges to play Nelson's son in the movie. MGM planned to release the movie in 1997.  The project never really got off the ground.  Bridges died in 1998 and Benchley died in 2006.  MGM has owned the Mike Nelson character and story rights since 1981 and would have to either produce the movie or sell the rights to another company.

Lloyd Bridges did play Dr. Doug Standish in the movie Around the World Under the Sea (1966).  In this Ivan Tors production, the crew of a five-man submarine travels the world oceans planting sensors on the ocean floor to warn scientists of any impending earthquakes.  Interestingly enough, Marshall Thompson, the guy that Bridges beat-out for the Mike Nelson role during SEA HUNT auditions, plays along side of Bridges as Dr. Orin Hillyard.  Other recognizable stars in the flick include Shirley Eaton, David McCallum,  and Keenan Wynn.  Ricou Browning directs Lamar Boren's shooting of the diving sequences while Elmer Parsons, Arthur Weiss and Art Arthur handle the screen writing, all are SEA HUNT veterans.  This movie sounds a little like a show idea that Frank Donahue submitted to Ziv named "The Underwater Legion".  In 1956, Donahue filed a California civil action against Ivan Tors and planned a separate action against Ziv Television Programs alleging that "The Underwater Legion" was the basis for the SEA HUNT concept.  Ziv and Tors denied most of the allegations. The court found no significant similarity between "The Underwater Legion" and SEA HUNT and found that the SEA HUNT concept was an independent literary work of Ivan Tors.

Around the World Under the Sea is available on VHS and is a Scuba Diver "Must-See".

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 L. M. S.

Date:

 7 December 03

Subject:

 Hey

-----Original Message-----

Hey,

I'm a huge fan and I think you are very attractive.

I was wondering if you could be so kind to send me a picture of you in your sexy scuba gear.  It would make my day.  Thanks so much Scuba Guy!

Your BIGGEST fan eva,  L. M. S.

Editor Note:  I don't know what to say.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 J. K.

Date:

 20 November 03

Subject:

 Videos & DVD's

-----Original Message-----

Hello Scuba Guy,

I found your site tonight while searching for SEA HUNT.

I was wondering if you know if there are videos or a DVD of any of the SEA HUNT television programs?

Thank you,   J. K., Fairfax, VA.

To:

  J. K.

From:

  The Scuba Guy

Date:

  20 November 03

Subject:

  Re:  Videos & DVD's

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

In recent years, at least 101 of the 155 SEA HUNT episodes have been non-professionally transferred (not broadcast quality, not digitally re-mastered, and not even a commercial VHS quality dub) to medium and low quality VHS video cassettes (NTSC & PAL formats) and are currently available for sale from several sources.

There are many non-commercially 'burned' DVD (+R Digital PC/DVD format) copies of numerous episodes.

All 155 episodes have been copied but may not be readily available.

All of the various-format copies of the two episodes that were shot in Color are being sold in a Black & White presentation.

These copies are not licensed and probably infringe on MGM copyrights. I don't recommend these "private suppliers" but you can find them easily enough on the internet.  Be aware that the quality is pretty bad on many of these copies.

In 1981, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquired United Artists including its film and television divisions and their libraries. Today, the MGM Home Video® division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer licenses SEA HUNT VHS, LaserDisc®, and DVD rights. There is only one episode (Ziv #1.4, "Mark of the Octopus" Original Release Date: February 1, 1958, Color) commercially copied and available on VHS and DVD and presented in Black & White. Your favorite video store and several internet sites can order this disc which also contains several other late-50's TV shows.

No matter which copy you find, all will be great fun to watch for real SEA HUNT fans.

Sony / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is considering making SEA HUNT available on DVD according to USA TODAY.  No decision has been made.  Email Amy Zwagerman, Director of Library Marketing, Sony / MGM Home Video now and tell her you are a big SEA HUNT Fan and you want to know when the DVD's will be available.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 R. P.

Date:

 19 November 03

Subject:

 Marina

-----Original Message-----

Dear Scuba Guy,

I would like to know if there was any mention of the name of the Marina that appeared in the show?

Your web site was very informative.

Thanks,  R. P.

To:

  R. P.

From:

  The Scuba Guy

Date:

  19 November 03

Subject:

  Re:  Marina

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

SEA HUNT shot topside footage mainly in the L.A. to Catalina areas, various Florida locations, and various Bahamas locations.  To answer your question correctly, I would need to know which episode you are thinking about.

Marina Del Ray near Los Angeles, marinas in Catalina, Cypress Gardens in Florida, and a couple of spots in the Nassau, South Ocean area were all used as marina sites in the series.

SEA HUNT was not married to any location for any shot. The current temperature and convenience of the site to production crews drove the location selection more than the storyline. The show begins to have huge continuity problems if you start worrying about where any particular shot was done.

There was no one marina used to base Mike Nelson's operations.

Since Mike never seemed to get paid for his work, maybe he needed to move fairly often!   Just kidding.

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To:

 The Scuba Guy

From:

 V. B.

Date:

 8 November 03

Subject:

 Lloyd Bridges

-----Original Message-----

Scuba Guy,

I enjoyed your web pages on the SEA HUNT TV series.  It was definitely one of my favorite shows and undoubtedly led to me to become a commercial diver.  Thanks for your work on the website.  It brings back a few cool memories.  I always liked the part where they cut some guy's air hose!

I would also like to relate a short story concerning Lloyd Bridges which happened to me in 1975 or 1976 while participating in the Marine Diving Technology program at Santa Barbara City College.

Several classmates and I saw a poster for a locally sponsored celebrity tennis tournament which listed Lloyd Bridges as a participant.  As you mention, he was the inspiration for quite a few of our guys.  Five of us bought tickets and attended just for the opportunity to see Mr. Bridges.  We wore masks, fins, snorkels, and wetsuit jackets. When he came out, we applauded and cheered like madmen and got his attention.  He was kind enough and good natured enough to come over and talk to us.  We told him of our hero-worship and requested autographs.  He was very appreciative and quite amused.  We had him sign our Bailey and U. S. Divers wet suit jackets.  I asked him to sign Mike Nelson and he did. He took a few minutes after his match to chat with us again and was the nicest and most appreciative guy you would want to know.

Have a good one.

Regards, V. B.

To:

  V. B.

From:

  The Scuba Guy

Date:

  8 November 03

Subject:

  Re:  Lloyd Bridges

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

Thank you for taking the time to relate your Lloyd Bridges story to me.  Lloyd Bridges fans, including myself, will vicariously re-live your experience with you again as we read your words.

Bridges loved people. He was often seen around town, but never with bodyguards. If a fan stopped Bridges for a conversation, he insisted on and enjoyed taking a moment to speak with the fan. He was genuinely a nice guy and wanted to stay in-touch with people.

When you think about it, what greater compliment could you bestow on another human being?  He was genuinely a nice guy and a gentleman.  Too rare indeed in Hollywood and everywhere else for that matter.

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To:

  The Scuba Guy

From:

  B. A. M.

Date:

  3 October 03

Subject:

 Voit Scuba Gear

-----Original Message-----

Sir,

As an original fan of SEA HUNT and a certified diver for 35 years, I have always wondered why those in charge of scuba gear on SEA HUNT used Voit equipment instead of US Divers.  US Divers always was the premiere company, until they got too concerned with equipment Color coordination in the mid-1980's, and more recently, name identification.

Really enjoyed your site.  Brings back so many memories.

B. A. M.

To:

  B. A. M.

From:

  The Scuba Guy

Date:

  5 October 03

Subject:

  Re:  Voit Scuba Gear

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

Anytime you see a recognizable brand on TV or in a movie, it is not because of some freak accident in filmmaking.  Deals range from free use of the equipment to complicated marketing co-op merchandizing programs with fixed fees and percentages of sales.  Outright cash payments for product inclusion in the production are not uncommon.  You are watching a commercial.  Some of the earliest known deals go back to specific cigarette brands appearing in movies in the 1930's.  Ford Motor Company lead the way in automobile recognition in movies and TV by giving cars to production companies along with cash compensation in return for their car appearing in the show.

SEA HUNT was no exception.  While Courtney Brown probably could have had any brand of equipment he wanted for the show (had he actually insisted on it), Voit has long had an aggressive merchandizing approach with TV and movie production companies.  There were Voit-SEA HUNT masks, fins, and other SEA HUNT tied Scuba accessories.   Mike Nelson was simply promoting these Voit products.  Bridges contract included required compensated endorsements and appearances in Voit advertising and product labeling.

All Voit regulators were basically the same as US Divers models except for some minor cosmetic changes.  Many of these rare items command a price much greater than their functional value today as show memorabilia.

When SEA HUNT underwater stunt actors Brown, Browning, and McLaughlin moved on to work on movies such as "Thunderball" (1965), so did the Voit merchandizing deals.  In 1965, dive centers were stormed with customers that wanted Voit dive gear just-like 007's.  This same year, The Scuba Guy bought his first real Scuba mask & fins and they are Voit's,  just-like 007's.

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To:

  The Scuba Guy

From:

  M. H.

Date:

  12 September 03

Subject:

  Re-runs

-----Original Message-----

Hello Scuba Guy:

It was great to see your website about SEA HUNT.

Sea Hunt is an absolute classic from the late 50's and early 60's.  I am amazed that some of the other cable TV networks aren't running the show!

I have Emailed TV Land and Hallmark to see if they would possibly pick it up.

M. H.,  Gastonia, North Carolina

To:

  M. H.

From:

  The Scuba Guy

Date:

  13 September 03

Subject:

  Re:  Re-runs

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

Viewer comments actually make a difference to TV broadcasters.

Keep emailing cable TV networks and tell them you are a big SEA HUNT Fan and you miss the show.  Encourage others to do the same.  Ask the networks to commit to putting SEA HUNT on their program schedule.

While your email alone will likely not change a Program Director's mind, patterns of emails from many viewers will not go un-noticed.  You can make a difference.

Email The Scuba Guy with your question or comment about The Scuba Guy's SEA HUNT Trivia Guide.

Editor Note:  Versus network has taken SEA HUNT off the air.  Versus network has not committed to bringing it back.  Please email  Versus network Feedback today and tell them you are a big SEA HUNT Fan and you miss the show.  Ask them when they will begin airing it again.


To:

  The Scuba Guy

From:

  D. L.

Date:

  13 August 03

Subject:

  Fwd: User comments from OLNTV.com

-----Original Message-----

Dear Scuba Guy:

Here is a response I received from Versus network to a comment I sent them via their website, in case you're interested.

D. L., Elk Grove, California

To:

  D. L.

From:

  feedback@olntv.com

Date:

  5 August 03

Subject:

  Re: User comments from OLNTV.com

-----Forwarded Message-----

Thanks very much for taking the time to write to us.   I will pass along the email to our Program Director.

We are still in the process of finalizing our schedule for the remainder of the year, but Sea Hunt will likely be back on soon.

G. S., Versus network

To:

  D. L.

From:

 The Scuba Guy

Date:

  14 August 03

Subject:

  Re: User comments from OLNTV.com

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

Of course I'm interested.

This is the closest thing to a commitment that I've seen Versus network make since the Tour de France began airing last month and Sea Hunt was removed from the line-up.

Thanks for emailing Versus network Feedback and encourage others to do the same. This is a continuing battle and please plan to email them again in the future.

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Editor Note:  Versus network has taken SEA HUNT off the air.  Versus network has not committed to bringing it back.  Please email  Versus network Feedback today and tell them you are a big SEA HUNT Fan and you miss the show.  Ask them when they will begin airing it again.


To:

  The Scuba Guy

From:

  R. S.

Date:

  8 August 03

Subject:

 Demise of Sea Hunt

-----Original Message-----

I know all things come to an end, but it looks like SEA HUNT quickly ended and the last show was made from cuttings.

Do you know what took place to end the show?

Thanks for a great web site.  R. S.

To:

  R. S.

From:

  The Scuba Guy

Date:

  8 August 03

Subject:

  Re:   Demise of Sea Hunt

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

Bridges himself was partially responsible for the show's demise. During season four, it became clear that the show would need to be overhauled for fresh stories in season five if Ziv and United Artists were to retain the syndicated affiliates. Bridges agreed to continue but insisted on a format change saying, "There's a lot to be said about what's happening to our ocean... big companies polluting it with their oil and all the raw garbage that's being spilled in there. A lot of villains out there have suits on... that don't look like your regular villain... and Mike Nelson could tackle that kind of situation. It could be just as exciting... and maybe do something about clearing up the mess that we're putting in the ocean."  Standard Oil was a major production sponsor and Tors gave-up the idea of trying to re-tool and sell a fifth season.

The last episode Ziv #4.38, "Round Up" clearly looks like pieces of 3 episodes patched together into one story. You'll also notice that E. M. Parsons & Stanley H. Silverman were both credited for writing, a further indicator that several un-aired shows or footage were being thrown together. The show is full of continuity problems and while the 3 pieces are related in the storyline, it still seems like the pieces are unrelated.

By the 4th season, there were hundreds of hours of stock underwater footage that Lamar Boren had shot in Silver Springs and in the Bahamas.  The second unit shooting was gradually being curtailed toward the end of season 4. There is little doubt that by the last show, very little original footage was actually shot to splice-in to that mess of left-overs to create  the final show.  The Scuba Guy can only give this episode a rating of 3 tanks.

A very interesting, underlying plot that quietly surfaces in this show is the day to day risks that Mike must take in his profession. Shaking his head in disgust in the final scene, it appears that Mike may be thinking about quitting the Scuba diving profession as he reflects on the risks he has taken in the last few days or throughout the series. Was this some sort of inside, subtle message to the audience in the last show?

Read more about it:  SEA HUNT TRIVIA:  The Final Episode

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To:

  The Scuba Guy

From:

  G. S., Versus network

Date:

  7 July 03

Subject:

  SEA HUNT Schedule

-----Original Message-----

The Scuba Guy,

We took SEA HUNT off the air during July so we could bring daily coverage of the Tour de France, but it will likely return at some point in the near future.

Thanks for your support,

G. S., Versus network

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Editor Note:  Versus network has taken SEA HUNT off the air.  Versus network has not committed to bringing it back.  Please email  Versus network Feedback today and tell them you are a big SEA HUNT Fan and you miss the show.  Ask them when they will begin airing it again.


To:

  The Scuba Guy

From:

  R. J.

Date:

  7 July 03

Subject:

  Pulling SEA HUNT

-----Original Message-----

FYI,

I left the following message at the Versus network Feedback site:

"I cannot believe that you pulled SEA HUNT off the air.

Without question the most exciting underwater TV series in the history of the world, it ranks right up there with Das Boot, The Hunt for Red October, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for underwater action and drama.  Bring back SEA HUNT!"

By the way, I don't think I had ever heard of the Versus network until I saw your fine website.

Regards, R. J.

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Editor Note:  "Das Boot" is a movie in which Jürgen Prochnow plays Der Alte (Capt.-Lt). Henrich Lehmann-Willenbrock in a story about the claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat spotlighting boredom, filth, and sheer terror.
Editor Note:  Versus network has taken SEA HUNT off the air.  Versus network has not committed to bringing it back.  Please email  Versus network Feedback today and tell them you are a big SEA HUNT Fan and you miss the show.  Ask them when they will begin airing it again.


To:

  The Scuba Guy

From:

  B. S.

Date:

  28 July 03

Subject:

  Argonaut

-----Original Message-----

Thanks for all the background on my favorite old show, when I was growing up, "SEA HUNT".

There is some dispute among us that led me to your website.

Not having seen any of the episodes lately, we were guessing about the name of the boat Nelson used.  Was ARGONAUT the only boat used on the show?

Thanks,  B. S.

To:

  B. S.

From:

  The Scuba Guy

Date:

  28 July 03

Subject:

  Re:  Argonaut

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

The Argonaut name was SOMETIMES used on numerous boats that Ziv rented, leased, and borrowed and then filmed in the first three seasons.  But, dozens of different boats were used on SEA HUNT.  Sometimes they were Mike's boat, sometimes not.

Many fans incorrectly "remember" the Argonaut being involved in every plot since the beginning of the show.  Most episodes do not even feature Mike Nelson's boat.

Today, most fans agree that the "REAL" Argonaut is a 33-ft 1960 Trojan Sea Breeze, model 346 Express Cruiser (Serial #1018) fitted with optional twin 240hp Crusader interceptor engines that was shipped to Ziv in Hollywood on September 21, 1960 from the factory in Lancaster Pennsylvania.  This boat can only be seen in season four and it only makes an occasional appearance.

Read more about it:  SEA HUNT TRIVIA:  The Argonaut

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To:

  The Scuba Guy

From:

  J. D.

Date:

  30 June 03

Subject:

  Courtney Brown

-----Original Message-----

Thanks,

I've seen Courtney Brown's name in the SEA HUNT credits and wondered who he was.

Your SEA HUNT site is great, a lot of interesting info about the show.  I've often wondered how SEA HUNT would look and sound if redone with today's video and sound technology.  Especially that music!

Regards, J. D.

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To:

  The Scuba Guy

From:

  K. W.

Date:

  18 June 03

Subject:

  SEA HUNT Episode--Dead Man's Cove

-----Original Message-----

Hello,

I saw your website after seeing an episode of SEA HUNT on Versus network  (Versus network) last night.  The episode was "Dead Man's Cove".

My question is, through a little research this morning I have found the Argonaut to be a boat built by Trojan. The write-up of this particular episode (Ziv #1.33, "Dead Man's Cove") states the boat was clearly not a Trojan. Would you happen to know the make of boat used in the episode?  Just curious.

Great website, by the way.

Thanks in advance for any input,  K. W.

Editor Note:  In my episode guide / program guide I wrote "A boat with the Argonaut name on edge-routed wooden signs is clearly seen but it is not the 1960 Trojan Sea Breeze of course"

To:

  K. W.

From:

  The Scuba Guy

Date:

  19 June 03

Subject:

  Re:  SEA HUNT Episode--Dead Man's Cove

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

Most fans agree that the "REAL" Argonaut is a 33-ft 1960 Trojan Sea Breeze, model 346 Express Cruiser (Serial #1018) fitted with optional twin 240hp Crusader interceptor engines.

The main reason we know that the boat in this episode could not possibly be the 1960 Trojan is that the Original Release Date of this episode was August 23, 1958.  The Trojan was shipped to Ziv in Hollywood on September 21, 1960 from the factory in Lancaster Pennsylvania, a full 2 years after the air date of Ziv #1.33, "Dead Man's Cove".

The Argonaut name was used on numerous boats that Ziv rented, leased, and borrowed and then filmed in the first three seasons.  It's safe to say, the boat in this episode is just one of many boats playing the part of the Argonaut and not the specific Trojan that Ziv would have custom built for the fourth season.

Careful study of the Fly Bridge and cabin of the boat in this episode reveal a slightly lighter weight boat than a 1960 Trojan Sea Breeze.   I cannot confirm or deny that the boat in this episode was or was not an earlier Trojan.

Clearly, the Argonaut edge-routed wooden signs were temporary in nature and this was not the 1960 Trojan now said to be the REAL Argonaut.

Read more about it:  SEA HUNT TRIVIA:  The Argonaut

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To:

  The Scuba Guy

From:

  Z. B.

Date:

  18 June 03

Subject:

  Thank You!

-----Original Message-----

Hello!

I have been a huge SEA HUNT fan probably since I was born (I'm in my early 40's now).  I had just found out last night while re-book marking all of my SEA HUNT web sites that the show is on Versus network (Versus network).   I watched my first episode in 14 years tonight (WGN stopped showing the program in 1989 after showing it since 1958).  I'm sure you can probably imagine the feeling I got - in one word - breathless!

You can bet your BC I sent an e-mail to Versus network Feedback telling them how gratified not only for myself, but probably thousands of SEA HUNT fans across the United States & Canada and, perhaps, around the world feel.  Now I'm just hoping that MGM gets the good sense to release DVD sets of all four seasons of the show (I'd buy it in a heartbeat as soon as I knew!)

One last thing - kind of bouncing around an opinion question that my husband and I have discussed for some time.  How do you think the public might feel about a SEA HUNT theatrical movie?  If it's done right , perhaps the magic could come back.  There's always hope!

Thanks again, and keep on diving!

Yours truly,  Z. B.

Editor Note:  Versus network has taken SEA HUNT off the air.  Versus network has not committed to bringing it back.  Please email  Versus network Feedback today and tell them you are a big SEA HUNT Fan and you miss the show.  Ask them when they will begin airing it again.

To:

  Z. B.

From:

  The Scuba Guy

Date:

  19 June 03

Subject:

  Re:  Thank You!

-----The Scuba Guy's Reply Message-----

I would love to work on a project making a SEA HUNT movie. Doing it right is the problem.

My feelings about any remake is that the story should be true to values expressed in the original work. I also would have a problem with a film that tried to prove to me that it could show-off special effects.  The original show was value and story driven and somehow Lloyd Bridges made you want to believe it.  These elements seemed to be missing in SEA HUNT (1987) with Ron Ely as Mike Nelson.

Thanks for sending a message to Versus network. Try to get others to send Versus network Feedback an email. The more the response, the more likely they will continue the show.

Also thanks for your feedback, its always fun to hear from someone that has looked at my website.

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Editor Note:  Versus network has taken SEA HUNT off the air.  Versus network has not committed to bringing it back.  Please email  Versus network Feedback today and tell them you are a big SEA HUNT Fan and you miss the show.  Ask them when they will begin airing it again.


To:

  The Scuba Guy

From:

  Bob

Date:

  12 April 03

Subject:

  Thanks

-----Original Message-----

Hello,

Just wanted to thank you for providing an excellent web page, great links, and very informative.

                   Bob

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