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  • Scuba Chef: Rock Scallop Flatbread Pizza

    Scuba Chef: Rock Scallop Flatbread Pizza

    While diving off Huntington Beach recently, I was asked if I could come up with an interesting way to prepare scallops. During our conversation our boat captain offered to take us to her favorite scallop spot nearby so I said, “Let’s go.” Within the hour we had enough scallops to prepare dinner for four. This rock scallop flatbread pizza can …Read More »

  • Blend In or Brawl? Crabs as Misunderstood Crustaceans

    Blend In or Brawl? Crabs as Misunderstood Crustaceans

    Some of the sea creatures I’ve described for California Diving News are more than a little aggressive. Many crabs, however, prefer hiding to fighting even when equipped with those seemingly formidable defensive tools called claws. Like 75 percent of all animals, crabs belong to the phylum Arthropoda, which means jointed leg and includes not only aquatic creatures, but also many …Read More »

  • The Secret Lives of SoCal Rockfishes

    The Secret Lives of SoCal Rockfishes

    With more than 100 rockfish species worldwide, about 60 live in the ocean off the SoCal coast. Some are closely related and look very much alike. Colors of the same species can vary and at least some of the fish are chameleon-like, changing color to match their surroundings. Additionally, rockfishes are evolving and forming new species at what Dr. Milton …Read More »

  • Here, Fishy Fishy: How to Photograph a Fish

    Here, Fishy Fishy: How to Photograph a Fish

    Own an underwater camera system and dive in California, and before long you’ll find yourself trying to create a great photograph of a fish. After all, with more than 550 species of fishes off the California coast we have a lot of great subjects. You’re practically guaranteed to have greater success if you develop a strategy for photographing fishes. I’ll …Read More »

  • Scuba Chef — A New Twist on an Ancient Recipe: Sheephead Ceviche

    Scuba Chef — A New Twist on an Ancient Recipe: Sheephead Ceviche

    Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 1 pound fresh sheephead fillet, cubed 8-9 limes, juiced 2 tomatoes, diced 4 green onions, minced 2 stalks celery, sliced ½ yellow bell pepper, diced ½ chopped fresh parsley Freshly ground black pepper 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 1/8 cup chopped fresh cilantro For garnish: avocado or mango slices, corn chips, cilantro sprigs Directions: Place sheephead in …Read More »

  • What to Do With Your Image Files After Your Dive

    What to Do With Your Image Files After Your Dive

    Underwater photography involves a lot more than just making a dive and tripping the shutter. In last month’s issue I delved into the things you need to do before you dive to be sure your camera system is set up properly and functions as you expect it to. This month I am going to discuss some best practices for dealing …Read More »

  • Marine Life: Bad-Ass ‘Branchs: The Mighty Aeolids

    In researching last month’s article on dorids, I finally got around to sorting my more than 370 photos of nudibranchs according to their classifications. I also looked for images for that article (on Doridacea) and this one (on Aeolidacea). The majority of nudibranchs are dorids and when the sorting was complete, that was overwhelmingly evident. I had loads of dorid …Read More »

  • Good, Better, Best

    Good, Better, Best

    Few places on earth are as inviting as a California kelp forest in autumn. When diving conditions are favorable, as they so often are in the fall, we enjoy a wonderful opportunity to observe a diverse mix of as many as 800 species of marine creatures in an absolutely stunning setting. We have it all from playful herds of California …Read More »

  • Nicoise Salad, California Style

    Nicoise Salad, California Style

    Classic Nicoise salad hails from the southeast coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea. Its name means, prepared “in the style of Nice” but I’m giving it a California makeover, featuring fresh-caught local kelp bass instead of the traditional tuna, and topped with goat cheese and dried figs and savory vinaigrette dressing. I encourage you to mix it up a …Read More »

  • Those Darling Dorids: SoCal Nudies Exposed

    Those Darling Dorids: SoCal Nudies Exposed

    Many underwater photographers love nudibranchs and I am not the only one with numerous images of these colorful creatures. We Southern California divers are lucky; of the more than 170 species found off the Pacific Coast, a large number live in our part of the ocean.  Most nudibranchs range in size from less than an inch to several inches long …Read More »

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