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  • A Perfect Day in Monterey: Enjoying the “BB” Pinnacle

    A Perfect Day in Monterey: Enjoying the “BB” Pinnacle

    AT-A-GLANCE Skill Level: Advanced Location: About 2/3-mile northeast of Coral Street entry in Monterey Bay, the high spot is at: N36° 38.488’, W121° 55.169”. Access: Boats may be launched from the public ramps at Monterey Breakwater or between Fisherman’s Wharf and Wharf #2. Please don’t anchor on the high spot. Instead, anchor just off the rock at: N36 38.483 W121° …Read More »

  • Steller: How a Sea Lion, Sea Cow, Birds, a Mollusk and Plants Came to Share a Name 

    Steller: How a Sea Lion, Sea Cow, Birds, a Mollusk and Plants Came to Share a Name 

    As a birder, it has always been a pleasure to see and hear a Steller’s jay. This beautiful blue-tinged jay has a raucous call and a comical appearance when its expressive black crest feathers blow askew in the breeze. This bird proved to one early seagoing explorer that he had reached the northern shores of North America and that Alaska …Read More »

  • If the Shell Fits: The Curious Habits of Hermit Crabs 

    If the Shell Fits: The Curious Habits of Hermit Crabs 

    While riding an Amtrak train along the coast just south of Santa Barbara I had an epiphany. It was sparked by the neatly parked RVs on the two-lane road along the shore below the train tracks. Are you ready? Here it is: Hermit crabs are the RVers of the crab world.  Of course, human RVers can live independently of their …Read More »

  • Out in the Blue: Making the Best of Monterey on a “No Dive” Day

    Out in the Blue: Making the Best of Monterey on a “No Dive” Day

    At-A-Glance Skill Level: Divers and non-divers will enjoy this experience. Location: Offshore of Monterey Bay and Carmel Bays Access: Boats may be launched from the public ramps at Monterey Breakwater, between Fisherman’s Wharf and Wharf #2, and Moss Landing. Commercial whale watching boats depart from Monterey, Moss Landing and Santa Cruz harbors. Facilities: None Entry and Exit: Only boat access …Read More »

  • Santa Cruz Island: “On Fire” at Flame Reef

    Santa Cruz Island: “On Fire” at Flame Reef

    At-A-Glance Skill Level: All dependent on sea conditions and currents. Location: On the backside of the east end of Santa Cruz Island, west of Sandstone Point. GPS coordinates N33°59.166’, W119°35.118’. Access: Boat only. Professional charter boat recommended. There are several out of Ventura and Santa Barbara. Private boat launch ramps are available at these same harbors as well as Channel …Read More »

  • Glen Fritzler Receives California Scuba Service Award

    California native Glen Fritzler was presented the California Scuba Service Award during the Saturday evening Scuba Show celebration held in Long Beach on May 4, 2019. Fritzler, owner of Truth Aquatics live-aboard fleet, started diving with his dad at the age of 12, and spent practically every weekend diving the coves in Laguna Beach. Occasionally the father and son buddy team would jump on …Read More »

  • Attack of the Purple Sea Urchins: What Happens When Nature is Out of Balance

    Attack of the Purple Sea Urchins: What Happens When Nature is Out of Balance

    Anyone who has dived California’s reefs in recent years, or has read this magazine or the mainstream news media is aware of the unprecedented changes our local reefs are experiencing. Right or wrong, the evil villain in many of these accounts is the purple sea urchin. In this article I describe a bit of urchin biology, how they fit into …Read More »

  • Diversity Not Far From Shore: Malaga Cove Has a Lot to Offer

    Diversity Not Far From Shore: Malaga Cove Has a Lot to Offer

    Malaga Cove lies where the long sweeping beaches of the Los Angeles South Bay end and the rocks and cliffs of Palos Verdes begin. This makes for an interesting dive site offering diverse environments of sand, rock reefs, and kelp beds all in the same general area. The juncture of these underwater terrains offers not only more areas to explore …Read More »

  • A Diving and Paddling Paradise: Vamme State Park

    A Diving and Paddling Paradise: Vamme State Park

    Californians can easily appreciate the pristine beauty of our beaches and coastal parks as they gear up for a dive. However, it may be difficult to believe that in the past our dive sites were once centers of intense commercial activity. Nearly all of the dive sites in Mendocino County were once lumber ports that provided the timber to build …Read More »

  • One Big Family: A SCUBA Show Retrospective

    One Big Family: A SCUBA Show Retrospective

    Disco was history and it was time to move on. After a successful career in commercial diving, with a deep love of California waters but little publishing experience Kim and I started California Diving News. It was 1984 and our office was the first generation Macintosh computer in a small bedroom. It was so stressful early on that within hours …Read More »

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