It’s Not Easy Being A Shark: A Different Look at Shark Attacks 

A familiar outline materialized before me as I finned along the sea floor. The pattern in the sand left little doubt that a large angel shark rested just beneath the surface. Since completely buried animals make lousy photographic subjects, I gently fanned the sand off my shy model. The large shark seemed not to be bothered, and even tolerated my strobe as I composed shots from a variety of angles. I noticed the angel shark had several parasites attached to its skin, sucking its blood. I attempted […]

“Nobody Here But Us Otters”: Scuba Solitude at Monterey’s Otter Cove

Monterey County has an incredible variety of dive sites, and nearly every public access point offers up a great dive. However, some sites are often very crowed with beach lovers and divers, while equally good nearby sites go unnoticed. Otter Cove is one of those sites. Nearby Lovers Point is often chock-full of divers, while you may not find another diver at Otter Cove, and these sites are only about a quarter-mile apart. At the Otter Cove parking area a sign lets you know you […]

Diving Anacapa’s “Coral Reef” 

When you think of coral reefs, chances are you think of underwater scenery featuring bright colors. Our waters are a bit too chilly to support actual coral reefs, but the colors here might just fool you into thinking you’re on an actual tropical reef. Anacapa’s Coral Reef dive site is covered with colorful invertebrate marine life. Patchwork clusters of tiny corynactis anemones make up the main mosaic. You’ll see the lavender, yellow, and pink hues of these tiny anemones. Baseball-sized white-spotted rose anemones offer deep […]

Picking Favorites: North Monastery Beach

Last summer a clerk at one of my local dive shops engaged me in conservation. After exchanging a few pleasantries she asked, “What is your favorite beach dive?” This made me think a bit, since there are so many great beach dives in North/Central California. I really wanted to say, “Depends on conditions,” but held my tongue. After a bit more thought I responded, “North Monastery Beach.” Monastery Beach is located right along Highway 1, and just south of Carmel-by-the-Sea. This beach is officially the […]

San Diego Council of Divers Announces 2018 Rocks, Rips and Reefs Dates

Each summer the San Diego Council of Divers (SDD) sponsors its Rocks Rips and Reefs education and safety program at several SoCal beaches. The program is intended for divers, snorkelers and swimmers. It is not a scuba course, but rather a workshop aimed at helping water enthusiasts increase their knowledge of the environment. Participants learn how to evaluate beach conditions, including how underwater features and tides affect entries and exits. The program is designed for all age groups and ability levels.   The program runs […]

To Share with Friends and Family: From the producers of the Scuba Show

California Diving News November 2016
California Diving News November 2016

What is Scuba Diving? As an understatement, diving is an interesting activity. It can be hard to explain because it will be different for you than it is for someone else. For many it is an opportunity to travel the globe. There are thousands of dive sites in countries and islands all over the world, many known as dedicated dive destinations. And it is right here at home. California has world-class diving right off the beaches, and by charter boats that will take you offshore […]

For Sea Fan Fans: Catalina’s Stony Point

I’m a big fan of sea fans. If you’re like me, you’ll enjoy diving Catalina’s Stony Point, because it’s adorned with an excellent variety and healthy population of gorgonian sea fans. First, I find them exceptionally beautifully but just as important, they don’t go anywhere. In scientific terminology, they are “sessile,” firmly affixed to the bottom — which makes them an easy photo subject. Their only motion is to sway gently in the surge and currents, quietly filtering their food from the water. They are […]

Locomotion in the Ocean: How Fishes Get Around

Fish Stats: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Subphylum: Vertebrata Superclass: Gnathostomata Superclass: Pisces Class: Actinopterygii Order: Perciformes Family: Blacksmith: Pomacentridae, Jack mackerel: Carangidae, Pacific barracuda: Sphyraenidae, Salema: Haemulidae Taking photos of fish schools is one of my favorite underwater activities. It’s always challenging and getting good photos isn’t easy. Schooling fishes tend to move away from you in unison, so it’s hard to get close. Only rarely do they let you into their midst. Like birds in the sky, a fish school acts as one, changing […]

The Hawaiian Islands: Diving in the Land of Aloha

Mark Twain once described Hawaii as the “loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean.” Many seasoned world travelers are quick to confirm Twain’s description. From land, sea, air, and underwater, Hawaii presents one jaw-dropping view after another. The archipelago is varied, rugged yet inviting, lush, elegant, colorful and majestic. From flat calm azure seas to towering waves and crashing surf, from sandy beaches filled with palm trees to snow-capped peaks, from lush forests to expansive open fields, from near barren lava beds […]

Scuba Show Slated for June 22-24

The country’s largest consumer scuba diving event, Scuba Show, takes place June 22-24 at the Long Beach Convention Center, located within a short walk to waterfront restaurants, entertainment, the Aquarium of the Pacific and in view of the famous Queen Mary. Now in its 31st year, the event brings together industry professionals, scuba enthusiasts and wanna-be divers for a weekend of “all things scuba.” The Long Beach Convention Center will have over 76,000 square feet of exhibit space showcasing the latest in diving equipment and […]

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