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  • 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 »

  • They Look More Like Snakes Than Fish: California Moray Eels 

    They Look More Like Snakes Than Fish: California Moray Eels 

    Stats  (Gymnothorax mordax)  Phylum: Chordata   Subphylum: Vertebrata  Superclass: Gnathostomata Superclass: Pisces Class: Actinopterygii Order: Anguilliformes Family: Muraenidae  Subfamily: Muraeninae Genus: Gymnothorax  While watching a documentary on freshwater eels, I was surprised to learn that European and American freshwater eels are born in the Sargasso Sea and migrate to the freshwater rivers, lakes and estuaries where they grow up. They …Read More »

  • Spotting the Two-Spot: All About the Two-Spot Octopus 

    Spotting the Two-Spot: All About the Two-Spot Octopus 

    While two-spot octopuses are not uncommon in Southern California waters, they aren’t always easy to spot. They are usually wedged into a crevice. Thus, when I came across one sitting quietly on top of a ledge, I took a photo. I expected the animal to flee when my strobe flashed but it did not. I took another photo and ventured …Read More »

  • San Miguel Island’s Wild Side: Exploring Tyler Bight

    San Miguel Island’s Wild Side: Exploring Tyler Bight

    At-A-Glance  Skill Level: Intermediate and above. Kelp diving experience recommended. Location: South side of San Miguel Island. Wyckoff Ledge N34°01.007’, W120°23.276’. Markers Reef N34°01.294’, W120°23.757’ Access: Boat only. Depth Range: 25 to 80 feet Conditions: Currents and swell Visibility: Good, averaging 30 to 40 feet Photography: Good macro and wide-angle photo ops Hunting: poor Cautions: Current can come up suddenly …Read More »

  • Beyond Basic Dive Gear: Gadgets and Gizmos that Up Your Game 

    Beyond Basic Dive Gear: Gadgets and Gizmos that Up Your Game 

    When I hit the dive center for tank fills I inevitably find myself cruising the equipment area, marveling at the display of gadgets and gizmos designed to improve my diving experience. Over the years I’ve dropped a few coins on scuba accessories, and I have to admit, only a few of these gadgets have become permanent additions to my gear …Read More »

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