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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 »

  • On Staying in the Game

    On Staying in the Game

    If you are anything at all like almost every scuba diver I have ever met, the idea of getting certified and exploring the underwater world was about the coolest thing you could imagine doing when you first signed up for your certification class. If you are like me, you remain an active diver. But a surprising number of certified divers …Read More »

  • Happy Hunting: Using a Targeted-Approach to Your Diving Adventures

    Happy Hunting: Using a Targeted-Approach to Your Diving Adventures

    It’s happened to all of us. We’re flipping through a magazine or scrolling through social media, and BAM, there it is — an amazing underwater creature, an unbelievable event — something we absolutely must see for ourselves. We plan trips, expensive ones, hoping to witness these things for ourselves. And then we arrive all excited, cameras ready, only to encounter …Read More »

  • “My, What Long Pecs You Have”

    “My, What Long Pecs You Have”

    Identifying California’s Humpback Whales   This is the third of three articles on how to identify whales commonly seen off the California coast. In this article series we’ve featured blue whales and gray whales. This time we’ll spotlight humpbacks (Megaptera novaengliae). All three of these are baleen whales — Mysticeti. Their cousins the toothed whales, which include sperm whales and …Read More »

  • Catalina Island’s 36th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup – 2/25

    Catalina Island’s 36th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup – 2/25

    Catalina Conservation Divers is hosting Catalina Island’s 36th Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup. One of the largest annual dive events in Southern California, the cleanup takes place Saturday, February 25, 2017. This event is the only time diving is permitted in the Harbor. Southern California divers have made the Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup one of the premier social events of the …Read More »

  • A Shore Thing: Tips for Diving the California Shoreline

    A Shore Thing: Tips for Diving the California Shoreline

        I have had some of my most incredible diving experiences on beach dives. Many frequent beach divers will testify to the same. All three of my gray whale encounters have been while beach diving, same as my dolphin encounters. Other diving fun that I have had only while beach diving includes staring a mola mola in the eye …Read More »

  • Global Sea Surface Temperatures Reach Record High

    According to researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), persistent heat on land and in the sea this June shattered records, yet again. June 2016 was 1.62 degrees F above the 20th century average, breaking last year’s record for the warmest June on record by 0.04 degrees F, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. NOAA’s …Read More »

  • A Balancing Act

    A Balancing Act

    In California, as is the case with most of the worldwide diving community, the majority of us spend a lot more time admiring the beauty and antics of smaller creatures that inhabit our kelp forests, rocky reefs and sand flats. While those smaller wonders often leave us scratching our heads in sheer amazement during our dives, they don’t grab the …Read More »

  • Getting to Know Our Neighbors –The Blue Shark and Shortfin Mako Shark

    Getting to Know Our Neighbors –The Blue Shark and Shortfin Mako Shark

    Marine researchers estimate that at least 34 species of sharks have been recorded off the Pacific Coast of North America. Some of them are rarely seen, and some species that were once commonly seen have, in recent years, become scarce due to overfishing. Thankfully, with proper resource management, shark numbers, at least in some species, appear to be increasing. This …Read More »

  • Cleverly Designed: About the Bat Ray, Pacific Electric Ray and Thornback Ray

    Cleverly Designed: About the Bat Ray, Pacific Electric Ray and Thornback Ray

    My success at photographing rays has hinged on chance. The ray(s) and I have been surprised to see each other and I somehow managed to take one or more photos before it (or they) departed. With the exception of Pacific electric rays, most of those departures were rather hasty. The electric rays, however, seem to be curious about divers and …Read More »

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