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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 »

  • California Glory: Our Coastal Kelp Forests

    California Glory: Our Coastal Kelp Forests

    California divers are lucky that giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera), the largest kelp in the world, grows off our coast. With sunlight sparkling down through the canopy swimming through a kelp forest is an awesome experience, as magical as driving through a redwood forest on land. Giant kelp is a type of brown algae that can grow up to 24 inches …Read More »

  • A Model Relationship: Modeling for and Diving with an Underwater Photographer 

    A Model Relationship: Modeling for and Diving with an Underwater Photographer 

    By Kim Sheckler • Photo by Dale Sheckler  Working with a photographer is one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done as a diver. I’ve been diving for 35+ years now, many of them as a photo subject for my husband Dale. Underwater modeling sounds like fun, and you might think it doesn’t involve anything more than swimming around …Read More »

  • Fishy Fun at Lingcod Lair

    Fishy Fun at Lingcod Lair

    AT-A-GLANCE  Location: On the mainland side Anacapa Island (actually a chain of three islets) that is the closest to mainland of all the Channel Islands at only 11 miles off Port Hueneme. It is wedged between the dive sites known as the Pelican Preserve (which can only be dived in November and December) and Goldfish Bowl.  Access: Boat only. Skill: …Read More »

  • Cool and Calm in Carmel Bay: Stillwater Cove 

    Cool and Calm in Carmel Bay: Stillwater Cove 

    AT-A-GLANCE Skill level: Beginner or better Location: Along the 17-mile drive in Pebble Beach. Access: By boat from Monterey or via the beach near the Pebble Beach Clubhouse. Facilities: Public parking toilets, boat and kayak launching at the clubhouse. Entry and Exit: Best to dive from a boat or kayak. Depth range: 10 to 50 feet Conditions: Predictably very calm …Read More »

  • Domoic Acid Outbreak Sickens California Sea Lions

    Domoic Acid Outbreak Sickens California Sea Lions

    It’s not unusual for beachgoers to see California sea lions stranding this time of year as one-year-old animals wean from their mothers and strike out on their own in search of food. But the increased number of starving young sea lions is of particular concern given what National Marine Fisheries Service observers, including animal care specialists from the Marine Mammal …Read More »

  • Talking Shrimp: Identifying Shrimplike Creatures

    Talking Shrimp: Identifying Shrimplike Creatures

    Shrimp belong to the Phylum Arthropoda, which means jointed leg and includes 75 percent of all animals. They aren’t all aquatic. Spiders, scorpions, centipedes and millipedes are arthropods that live on land. Shrimp are members not only of the Subphylum Crustacea — which includes crabs, lobsters, barnacles, amphipods and isopods — but also of the Class Malacostraca. This article discusses …Read More »

  • The Fun of the Hunt: Discovering (and Rediscovering) Local Dive Sites

    The Fun of the Hunt: Discovering (and Rediscovering) Local Dive Sites

    California divers thrive on new. We love learning about the latest in gear, the most recent ocean science discoveries and we’re always craving new underwater experiences — especially new and exciting dive sites. Exploring a new dive site is a thrill. In many cases we gain a sense of accomplishment — and bragging rights — when we enter a new …Read More »

  • Wreck, Reef, Kelp: A Winning Trifecta at Doctor’s Cove

    Wreck, Reef, Kelp: A Winning Trifecta at Doctor’s Cove

    Our group had just completed two great dives in conditions that were a bit challenging due to depth and moderate to strong currents. We were ready for our last dive of the day to be another great experience, so we were happy when the divemaster and skipper chose Doctor’s Cove as our final dive site of the day. Because Doctor’s …Read More »

  • A Perfect Day in Monterey: Enjoying the “BB” Pinnacle

    A Perfect Day in Monterey: Enjoying the “BB” Pinnacle

    AT-A-GLANCE Skill Level: Advanced Location: About 2/3-mile northeast of Coral Street entry in Monterey Bay, the high spot is at: N36° 38.488’, W121° 55.169”. Access: Boats may be launched from the public ramps at Monterey Breakwater or between Fisherman’s Wharf and Wharf #2. Please don’t anchor on the high spot. Instead, anchor just off the rock at: N36 38.483 W121° …Read More »

  • Steller: How a Sea Lion, Sea Cow, Birds, a Mollusk and Plants Came to Share a Name 

    Steller: How a Sea Lion, Sea Cow, Birds, a Mollusk and Plants Came to Share a Name 

    As a birder, it has always been a pleasure to see and hear a Steller’s jay. This beautiful blue-tinged jay has a raucous call and a comical appearance when its expressive black crest feathers blow askew in the breeze. This bird proved to one early seagoing explorer that he had reached the northern shores of North America and that Alaska …Read More »

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