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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 »

  • The Fascinating “Bunny Slug”: The California Brown Sea Hare 

    The Fascinating “Bunny Slug”: The California Brown Sea Hare 

    A member of the phylum Mollusca and class Gastropoda, the California brown sea hare is a cousin of both nudibranchs and octopuses. Like nudibranchs, brown sea hares are hermaphrodites. Like octopuses, they can produce ink. And, though some think they bear faint resemblance to a rabbit, they are actually very large sea slugs. Brown sea hares have a reticulated color …Read More »

  • Suit Yourself: What You Need to Know — Thermal Protection for California Diving

    Suit Yourself: What You Need to Know — Thermal Protection for California Diving

    The rich California coastline offers a bounty of marine life and a range of dive locations to suit every diver. We’ve got kelp beds, rocky reefs and wrecks. We’ve got offshore islands reachable only by boat, and we’ve got some spectacular shore diving, too. We can hunt and collect our dinner, or capture stunning images with a camera. In other …Read More »

  • It’s Just a Phase: California’s Quick-Change Artists

    It’s Just a Phase: California’s Quick-Change Artists

    Newborns of many species — horses, kittens and elephants for example — look like miniature versions of their parents, although they are universally a lot cuter. It is, of course, a great advantage to be cute as cuteness might help a mother bond to its young and lessen the odds of animal parents abandoning their young should they misbehave. Other …Read More »

  • Point. Shoot. Smile. Tips for Getting Started in Underwater Photography 

    Point. Shoot. Smile. Tips for Getting Started in Underwater Photography 

    For sport divers, scuba diving is a visual experience. We fall in love with the explosion of colors, stunning seascapes, sights of massive shipwrecks sitting on the sea floor, and opportunities to see creatures that range in size from inch-long, rainbow colored nudibranchs to whales when we enter Neptune’s realm. But as quickly as they fall in love with diving, a lot …Read More »

  • Likely Suspects: Battling the Enemies of Dive Gear 

    Likely Suspects: Battling the Enemies of Dive Gear 

    Your dive gear represents a substantial investment, not only in dollars but also in important life-support equipment. While it is money well spent on a delightful and fun pastime, you’ll want to protect that investment so that your gear withstands the rigors of our sport for a long time to come. Not protecting and maintaining your gear can get expensive. While dive …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 »

  • 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 »

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