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  • 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 »

  • 42nd Annual USC Catalina Chamber Day May 4

    42nd Annual USC Catalina Chamber Day May 4

    In 1974 the Lockheed Corporation donated a hyperbaric chamber to the University of Southern California (USC) in an arrangement set up between USC and Los Angeles County, and the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber officially opened for business, evaluating and treating injured divers. Fifteen years later, in 1989, the facility nearly closed due to a funding crisis. That’s when Roger Hess, then …Read More »

  • The “C” Word

    The “C” Word

    Want to make a room go hear-a-pin-drop silent, by simply uttering a single word? Unfortunately, I know how to do that. Just say the dreaded “C” word. Cancer. Not only will the room get quiet, but also people might look away — or even move away from you. The unfortunate truth is, all too often even people with the biggest …Read More »

  • Have You Seen a Sea Elephant? All About the Northern Elephant Seal

    Have You Seen a Sea Elephant? All About the Northern Elephant Seal

    This column is a departure from those I’ve done in the past because it features creatures I have never seen underwater. There are two species of elephant seals, northern and southern. Those found off the West Coast of North America are northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris). The three populations of southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonine) are found in the south …Read More »

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