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  • Cool and Calm in Carmel Bay: Stillwater Cove 

    Cool and Calm in Carmel Bay: Stillwater Cove 

    AT-A-GLANCE Skill level: Beginner or better Location: Along the 17-mile drive in Pebble Beach. Access: By boat from Monterey or via the beach near the Pebble Beach Clubhouse. Facilities: Public parking toilets, boat and kayak launching at the clubhouse. Entry and Exit: Best to dive from a boat or kayak. Depth range: 10 to 50 feet Conditions: Predictably very calm …Read More »

  • Domoic Acid Outbreak Sickens California Sea Lions

    Domoic Acid Outbreak Sickens California Sea Lions

    It’s not unusual for beachgoers to see California sea lions stranding this time of year as one-year-old animals wean from their mothers and strike out on their own in search of food. But the increased number of starving young sea lions is of particular concern given what National Marine Fisheries Service observers, including animal care specialists from the Marine Mammal …Read More »

  • Talking Shrimp: Identifying Shrimplike Creatures

    Talking Shrimp: Identifying Shrimplike Creatures

    Shrimp belong to the Phylum Arthropoda, which means jointed leg and includes 75 percent of all animals. They aren’t all aquatic. Spiders, scorpions, centipedes and millipedes are arthropods that live on land. Shrimp are members not only of the Subphylum Crustacea — which includes crabs, lobsters, barnacles, amphipods and isopods — but also of the Class Malacostraca. This article discusses …Read More »

  • The Fun of the Hunt: Discovering (and Rediscovering) Local Dive Sites

    The Fun of the Hunt: Discovering (and Rediscovering) Local Dive Sites

    California divers thrive on new. We love learning about the latest in gear, the most recent ocean science discoveries and we’re always craving new underwater experiences — especially new and exciting dive sites. Exploring a new dive site is a thrill. In many cases we gain a sense of accomplishment — and bragging rights — when we enter a new …Read More »

  • Wreck, Reef, Kelp: A Winning Trifecta at Doctor’s Cove

    Wreck, Reef, Kelp: A Winning Trifecta at Doctor’s Cove

    Our group had just completed two great dives in conditions that were a bit challenging due to depth and moderate to strong currents. We were ready for our last dive of the day to be another great experience, so we were happy when the divemaster and skipper chose Doctor’s Cove as our final dive site of the day. Because Doctor’s …Read More »

  • 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 »

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