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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 […]

El Niño Correlates With More Shark Sightings

The 2015 El Niño may have a significant impact on weather and climate, but that’s not all. Researchers are blaming El Niño, a period of increased water temperatures in areas of the Pacific Ocean, for increased numbers of shark sightings on the West Coast. This pattern of increased sea surface temperatures generally causes more storms in places like southern California, Mexico and South America. During El Niño periods, Australia and Indonesia tend to get significantly less rainfall.  Now marine scientists are taking note of the […]

Uribe 121 Sinking April 25 Off Baja California

A date has been set for sinking the first underwater park attraction off Baja California. April 25 is the date planned to sink Uribe 121, an old Mexican Navy battleship in The Rosarito Underwater Park, or Parque Sumarino Rosarito.   The area in northwest Mexico is about 40 miles from San Diego. The decommissioned Uribe-class patrol boat, Uribe 121, has been donated by the Mexican Navy and is being cleaned to protect the environment and modified for diver safety. Other ships and sculptures will be added […]

Unusual Marine Life Sightings In So Cal Waters

A group of fishermen off Catalina Island were treated to a rare surprise on Sunday, September 14, 2014 when a large shadowy figure surfaced near their fishing boat, the Triton. It turned out to be a whale shark, estimated to be about 25 feet in length. Whale sharks are the world’s largest fish and have been measured at more than 40 feet long. They are plankton eaters, and usually seen by divers in the warmer waters of Southern Mexico and in the Sea of Cortez.  […]

33rd Annual Avalon Underwater Cleanup February 22

The Catalina Island Conservancy’s 33rd annual Avalon Underwater Cleanup will takes place February 22, 2014. During the event, members of the diving community are invited to help clean the seafloor of Avalon Harbor. This is the only time diving is permitted in the harbor. Over the years, the cleanup has grown to become one of the most popular dive events in Southern California, attracting more than 500 divers who scour several sites to retrieve trash and lost items from the harbor floor. For the second […]

Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Deadline November 14

This is your last chance to send in submissions to the 2013 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition sponsored by Underwater Photography Guide. The competition is open to underwater photographers of all experience levels. There are 12 categories in this contest: Cold/Temperate Water Compact Camera (three categories) Divers/Fashion Macro Marine Life Behavior  Marine Life Portraits Novice DSLR Nudibranchs  Super Macro Wide-angle Prizes valued at more than $80,000 will be awarded, including more than 35 live-aboard and resort scuba diving vacation packages, scuba diving equipment, and more. Judges include […]

Lobster Season to Open With New Regulations

California spiny lobster season begins September 28, 2013 and runs through March 19, 2014. New regulations set forth by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) change the duration of the spiny lobster report card to match that of lobster season and enact a non-return fee for report cards that are not returned by the deadline. The new seasonal cards are available now and will be valid from September 28, 2013 through March 19, 2014. The deadline for returning 2013-2014 spiny lobster cards is […]

Santa Barbara Film Festival to Honor Ernie Brooks

Ernest H. Brooks II (Ernie) is one of the legends of underwater photography. The son of Ernest H. Brooks, who was the founder of Brooks Institute of Photography, Ernie grew up in Santa Barbara with the ocean as his playground. Long recognized as one of the premiere underwater photographers in the world, Brooks’ specialty is distinctive black and white images that are timeless in their appeal. His coffee table book, Silver Seas, features an amazing collection of his photographs.  To honor Ernie’s contributions to the […]

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