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El Niño, El Niño, El Niño ‘

  The much-hyped El Niño season — one of the strongest in the past 60 years — is here. And it’s living up to the hype, ravaging the Southern California coastline with record-setting storms. The military is funding a coastline study to help determine how El Niño and climate change could impact its facilities and bases close to the ocean. Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography are using flights across the coast to take precise measurements of beach topography that may explain El Niño’s […]

Storms Uncover San Diego Shipwreck

Thrashing El Niño storms, which stripped a great deal of sand from the shores of Coronado, California, have revealed an amazing glimpse into history. During low tide the rusted remains of SS Monte Carlo emerge from the beach, close to Avenida de las Arenas. Joe Ditler, who has been studying the shipwreck for 30 years, said wreckage appears from time to time when sand is sparse. According to Ditler, a vicious storm rocked the Monte Carlo on Dec. 31, 1936, breaking the ship from its […]

On Ocean Stewardship

In early January, California got hit with a series of storms. With no dive lined up on a Saturday morning I needed an “ocean fix” so I drove to the beach at Casa Cove in La Jolla to check out the colony of harbor seals that inhabits the controversial area known as the Children’s Pool. Their pupping season begins in mid-December, and I wanted to see if I might be able to see and photograph a newborn pup or two. I knew I would have […]

Former Patrol Boat Sunk As Dive Attraction Off Baja California Coast

The first component of the “first artificial reef theme park in the Mexican Pacific” was put in place November 21, when the Uribe 121 was sunk off the coast of Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico, about 40 miles (64 km) south of San Diego. The 220-foot (67 m) former patrol boat was donated by the Mexican Navy and is the first of four attractions that will compose Rosarito Underwater Park, located a little more than a mile (1.6 km) from shore. The Uribe 121 now rests […]

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