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  • Welcome to California Diving News – Your Resource for Diving the Golden State

    Welcome to California Diving News – Your Resource for Diving the Golden State

    Walk into a dive store in Indiana and ask the person behind the counter about diving in Bonaire. Or about the Cayman Islands. They have been there, and can tell you anything that you want to know. Tell them that you are going on a business trip to California and would like to dive there — what can they tell you about it? Odds are, blank stares. California …Read More »

  • They Look More Like Snakes Than Fish: California Moray Eels 

    They Look More Like Snakes Than Fish: California Moray Eels 

    Stats  (Gymnothorax mordax)  Phylum: Chordata   Subphylum: Vertebrata  Superclass: Gnathostomata Superclass: Pisces Class: Actinopterygii Order: Anguilliformes Family: Muraenidae  Subfamily: Muraeninae Genus: Gymnothorax  While watching a documentary on freshwater eels, I was surprised to learn that European and American freshwater eels are born in the Sargasso Sea and migrate to the freshwater rivers, lakes and estuaries where they grow up. They …Read More »

  • One Big Family: A SCUBA Show Retrospective

    One Big Family: A SCUBA Show Retrospective

    Disco was history and it was time to move on. After a successful career in commercial diving, with a deep love of California waters but little publishing experience Kim and I started California Diving News. It was 1984 and our office was the first generation Macintosh computer in a small bedroom. It was so stressful early on that within hours …Read More »

  • Spotting the Two-Spot: All About the Two-Spot Octopus 

    Spotting the Two-Spot: All About the Two-Spot Octopus 

    While two-spot octopuses are not uncommon in Southern California waters, they aren’t always easy to spot. They are usually wedged into a crevice. Thus, when I came across one sitting quietly on top of a ledge, I took a photo. I expected the animal to flee when my strobe flashed but it did not. I took another photo and ventured …Read More »

  • San Miguel Island’s Wild Side: Exploring Tyler Bight

    San Miguel Island’s Wild Side: Exploring Tyler Bight

    At-A-Glance  Skill Level: Intermediate and above. Kelp diving experience recommended. Location: South side of San Miguel Island. Wyckoff Ledge N34°01.007’, W120°23.276’. Markers Reef N34°01.294’, W120°23.757’ Access: Boat only. Depth Range: 25 to 80 feet Conditions: Currents and swell Visibility: Good, averaging 30 to 40 feet Photography: Good macro and wide-angle photo ops Hunting: poor Cautions: Current can come up suddenly …Read More »

  • Beyond Basic Dive Gear: Gadgets and Gizmos that Up Your Game 

    Beyond Basic Dive Gear: Gadgets and Gizmos that Up Your Game 

    When I hit the dive center for tank fills I inevitably find myself cruising the equipment area, marveling at the display of gadgets and gizmos designed to improve my diving experience. Over the years I’ve dropped a few coins on scuba accessories, and I have to admit, only a few of these gadgets have become permanent additions to my gear …Read More »

  • A Monterey Marvel: Metridium Mountain

    A Monterey Marvel: Metridium Mountain

    At-A-Glance Skill Level: Beginner or better Location: Offshore of Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove at 36° 37.327’ N, 121° 53.982’ W. Access: Boats may be launched from the public ramps at Monterey Breakwater or between Fisherman’s Wharf and Wharf #2. Facilities: None Entry and Exit: Only boat access Depth Range: 48 to 65 feet Conditions: Predictably very calm Visibility: …Read More »

  • Making Sense of Seaweed: The Mysteries of Marine Algae, Part One

    Making Sense of Seaweed: The Mysteries of Marine Algae, Part One

    Red Algae Stats Kingdom: Plantae Class: Florideophyceae Subclass: Corallinophycidae (Calliarthron cheilosporioides) Rhodymeniophycidae (Gloiocladia laciniata) Order: Corallinales (Calliarthron cheilosporioides) Rhodymeniales (Gloiocladia laciniata) Family: Corallinaceae (Calliarthron cheilosporioides) Faucheaceae (Gloiocladia laciniata)   Brown AlgaeStats Kingdom: Chromista Infrakingdom: Heterokonta Class: Phaeophyceae Order: Dictyotales (Dictyota coriacea) Fucales (Sargassum muticum) Family: Dictyotaceae (Dictyota coriacea) Sargassaceae (Sargassum muticum)   Editor’s note: This is the first of a …Read More »

  • A “Dream House” Dive: Copper Roof House

    A “Dream House” Dive: Copper Roof House

    At-A-Glance Skill Level: Beginners should buddy with more advanced divers; otherwise it is an intermediate to advanced site depending on wave height. Location: At the south end of Carmel Beach in Carmel. Access: Drive west on Rio Road from Hwy. 1, turn left on Santa Lucia, and make a left on Scenic Road. Park on Scenic near the intersection of …Read More »

  • Something For Everyone: Catalina’s Long Point Dive Site

    Something For Everyone: Catalina’s Long Point Dive Site

    At-A-Glance Skill Level: All Location: The largest promontory on the front side (mainland or north side) of Catalina Island. GPS N33°24.335’, W118°21.996’ for Pirate’s Cove anchorage. Access: Boat only. Entry and Exit: Smooth and easy from your boat or a charter. Depth Range: 20 to 40 feet inside cove. Up to 130 feet outside the point and to the west. …Read More »

  • Parks in the Sea, Part 2: Crown Jewels in California’s Underwater Kingdom

    Parks in the Sea, Part 2: Crown Jewels in California’s Underwater Kingdom

    In the first installment of this article we highlighted the south coast and California Channel Islands offshore and helped make some sense of the somewhat confusing “alphabet soup” of protected areas within our state’s parks, reserves and conservation areas. Here we’ll overview underwater parks along the central and north coasts and will take a look at marine sanctuaries under Federal …Read More »

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