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  • Way Cooler Than a Weasel: California’s Southern Sea Otter

    Way Cooler Than a Weasel: California’s Southern Sea Otter

    Since sea otters rarely spend any time on land most people will never see the lower part of them, which is usually underwater. The body resembles that of the otter’s close cousin the weasel and there is a substantial 10- to 12-inch long tail. Unlike most marine mammals, sea otters swim on their backs, not their stomachs, using their webbed …Read More »

  • Diving Medicine is Different: DAN and the UCSD Diving Medicing Clinic

    Diving Medicine is Different: DAN and the UCSD Diving Medicing Clinic

    A dentist is a doctor the same as psychiatrists and proctologists are doctors. But these doctors have vastly different areas of expertise. There are times when our healthcare needs can be met with a visit to our “family doctor,” a general practitioner who specializes in providing comprehensive health care. And then there are times when we might need to consult …Read More »

  • Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup Nets Trash and Treasures

    Nearly 350 volunteers collected almost 5,000 pounds of trash and debris during the 35th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup, held February 20, 2016. In addition to removing trash from the harbor, the event raised over $20,000 to support the USC Hyperbaric Chamber and the Robert E. Given Fund for Ocean Conservation and Educational Research. This is the only time scuba …Read More »

  • USS Conestoga, Missing for 95 Years, Found off CA Coast

    USS Conestoga, Missing for 95 Years, Found off CA Coast

    On March 23, 2016, NOAA and the U.S. Navy announced the discovery of the USS Conestoga (AT 54) in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off San Francisco, 95 years after the Navy seagoing fleet tugboat disappeared with 56 officers and sailors aboard. The discovery solves one of the top maritime mysteries in U.S. Navy history. “After nearly a century …Read More »

  • Look Before You Leap

    Look Before You Leap

    The summer diving season is nearly in full swing. A lot of us dive year round, but in general, we dive in our local waters a lot more during summer and fall. If you and your dive gear have been out of the water for several months, now’s the time to: Take a close look at your gear. Check to …Read More »

  • The Dive Tribe is Gathering: Why You Should Join Us at the Scuba Show

    The Dive Tribe is Gathering: Why You Should Join Us at the Scuba Show

    By Cathryn Castle Human beings are tribal by nature. We tend to seek the company of people with whom we share common bonds. Whether we’re connected through a common language or philosophy or passion, we experience a sense of comfort and ease when we’re with “our tribe.” For some folks, it’s mountain climbing or stamp collecting, but for us, it’s …Read More »

  • The Business of Passion– The Diving Industry, Seen Through a Show

    The Business of Passion– The Diving Industry, Seen Through a Show

    If you had a chance to sit in on casual conversation with a group of dive industry executives, you might hear someone comment about how the diving business is run by hobbyists. By that, they mean people who fell in love with diving and found a way to make a living at it. The conversation usually winds up with the …Read More »

  • The Curious Reproduction Strategies of California Grunion

    The Curious Reproduction Strategies of California Grunion

    That a fish would leave the water and fling itself onto a beach at night in order to produce future generations seems preposterous. That it would need to factor in high tides and full/new moons when determining the right time to do so, stretches the limits of credibility. Yet California grunion do all these things. Reaching a maximum length of …Read More »

  • Fear and Fascination: Encountering the Great White Shark

    Fear and Fascination: Encountering the Great White Shark

    There is no fish in the sea more feared — or more fascinating — than the great white shark. In 1971, Peter Gimbel’s movie, Blue Water, White Death, focused public attention on this large animal. In 1974, Peter Benchley’s book, Jaws, and the movie of the same name released in 1975 caused general hysteria. People stayed out of the ocean. …Read More »

  • Going Pink in the Deep Blue: Scuba Divers Unite to Fund Breast Cancer Research

    Going Pink in the Deep Blue: Scuba Divers Unite to Fund Breast Cancer Research

    By Allison Vitsky Sallmon   In 2003, I was many things — 33 years old, a postdoctoral fellow at a Boston-area university, a veterinary researcher, a scuba diver, and a workout fanatic. What I wasn’t, was someone with a lot of free time. So on the October day that I placed my hand on my left breast and found a …Read More »

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