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  • Underwater Pumpkin Carving and Costume Contest — October 16

    An Underwater Pumpkin Carving and Costume contest will take place at Casino Point, Catalina Island on October 16. And, if you can believe it, there is actually a specialty certification offered! For more information email or call 909-855-5334. FYI: There is also an Underwater Poker Run offered in the same location the next day, October 17. No specialty certification …Read More »

  • Tracking Our Plastic Footprint Lecture — October 1

    The huge amount of plastic debris floating in the North Pacific Ocean has received an increase in media attention over the last few years. On Friday, October 1, from 7:30 – 9 p.m. in CMA’s John M. Olguin Auditorium as Charles Moore, authoritative researcher of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” Shelly Moore (Southern California Coastal Water Research Project), Christina Boerger …Read More »

  • 3Rs Beach Diving Workshop — October 9

    Rocks, Reefs and Rips program (3Rs) is a mini-course to familiarize divers with popular beach dive sites and improve beach diving skills. The final session for 2010 will take place October 9 at Nicholas Canyon, northwest Los Angeles County. Instructors will demonstrate and supervise proper surf entry and exit procedures, explain unique aspects of the dive site, and discuss dive …Read More »

  • How to Photograph Sea Lions by Dale Sheckler

    How to Photograph Sea Lions by Dale Sheckler

    The California seas are full of marine animals that can be a challenge to photograph. Personally, for me one of the most difficult is the sea lion. They are fast and they are dark. And they are smart. Back in the day I burned a lot of film on these funny guys. I have had a bit more luck with …Read More »

  • California Marine Life: Technology Provides New Insight Into White Shark Behavior

    California Marine Life: Technology Provides New Insight Into White Shark Behavior

    The image of a white shark invokes extremes in our emotions. They bring out a deep, primal fear in some, while others experience joy in observing their grace and beauty. White sharks are big–up to twenty-one feet long and 7000 pounds. They have a mouthful of serrated teeth that are effectively used to hunt fish when they are young, but …Read More »

  • Bigblue TL-9 LED Technical Light

    The TL-9 LED light is one of the latest editions to the popular Bigblue dive light series and is designed to satisfy the needs of even the most demanding technical divers. Using nine LEDs the TL-9 can blast out an impressive 1800 lumens, perfect for deep diving, wreck penetration, cave exploration or just putting a lot of quality light right …Read More »

  • Shark ID Questioned: The Response from the Photographer

     Hi,   I haven’t yet seen the CaliforniaDiving News with my photo of what I believed to be a soupfin shark, but I’mtold the identity is up for debate. Here are some other photos to continue yourcomparison, and I also posted a video clip to get another look.   To me, the eye was too small and the caudal fin …Read More »

  • Dive Boat Review: Raptor

    Dive Boat Review: Raptor

    We are a society that seems to be always seeking immediate gratification. Unfortunately, diving usually does not offer that, but with the operation of the dive charter boat Raptor it comes pretty close. Based in Ventura, the easternmost portion of the Channel Islands are just a short distance away for the Raptor. With the Raptor’s speed, sections of Anacapa Island …Read More »

  • Underwater Press Conference Marks 10th Anniversary of Yukon Sinking

    Underwater Press Conference Marks 10th Anniversary of Yukon Sinking

    As an ambitious artificial reef project, the HCMS Yukon was sunk in 2000 off Mission Beach in San Diego. The 366-foot Canadian destroyer has gone on to be a prolific site attracting not just a huge amount of marine life but also thousands of divers that have visited and enjoyed the popular dive location over the last 10 years. Commemorating …Read More »

  • How to Photography Bat Rays

    Coming across a bat ray or two on your dive is an exciting underwater event. They are such interesting creatures with strange faces and a unique way of propelling their way through the water that is more akin to flying than swimming. While I often find them motionless on the bottom, they can be difficult to approach and photograph because …Read More »

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