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  • Knowing and Catching California Spiny Lobster

    Knowing and Catching California Spiny Lobster

    Lobster season opens Saturday, October 3, and many California divers are eagerly awaiting it. This article provides information on the life cycle of these savory crustaceans as well as tips and techniques that will help you catch them. First, let’s take a closer look at Panulirus interruptus, aka the California spiny lobster. The most obvious difference between it and the …Read More »

  • Diving Events for September 2015

    SEPTEMBER 12 LA COUNTY ROCKS,  RIPS AND REEFS AT CARILLO A program conducted by the LA County Scuba Instructors, the 3Rs (Rocks, Rips and Reefs) is a series of free sessions designed to orient divers to site-specific shore-based diving conditions. The season’s final 3Rs program takes place September 12 at Leo Carillo State Park. Registration begins at 7:30 am and the …Read More »

  • Harboring a Soft Spot for The Harbor Seal

    Some marine creatures are easier to love than others. Two of my favorites are the little white sea urchins that decorate themselves with shells and pebbles and the proliferating (also called brooding) anemones whose babies live on their bodies until they are old enough to crawl away and fend for themselves. That anemones could have parenting skills is amazing. I …Read More »

  • Photographer’s Mantra: Get Close. Get Low. Shoot Up.

    Photographer’s Mantra: Get Close. Get Low. Shoot Up.

    Please envision yourself diving along your favorite California reef. The sea is calm, the water clear, and the sun shines bright. Out of the corner of your eye a once-in-a-lifetime subject swims by right in front of your camera. It could be a whale, a shark, or a tiny fish that has never been photographed. You know that if you …Read More »

  • Top Ten Tips to See More Fish

    Top Ten Tips to See More Fish

    California reefs are full of fascinating critters adorned in living color. Our fish are among the most colorful and interesting and as conspicuous as they may be, many divers see only a fraction of the fish in residence. Here are a few tips to see more fish 10) Stay off the bottom. Divers who swim on or right off the …Read More »

  • The Horn Sharks, Heterodontus: A “Different” Kind

    The Horn Sharks, Heterodontus: A “Different” Kind

    Back in my early days of diving, a couple of men I knew sported necklaces featuring a single horn shark spine. Luckily, the days of West Coast divers killing harmless sharks for jewelry didn’t last long.  Horn sharks (Heterodontus francisci) are members of the order Heterodontiformes (bullhead sharks) and the family Heterodontidae. The genus name, Heterodontus, comes from two Greek …Read More »

  • Cnidarians Known as Hydroids: Animals Looking Like Plants

    Cnidarians Known as Hydroids: Animals Looking Like Plants

    Once again we dive into Cnidaria, a large phylum that contains approximately 10,000 species. Phylum members include many animals that attract attention because of their bright colors: sea anemones, corals, sea pens, gorgonians and jellyfish. These creatures can afford to flaunt their beauty because most of them have defensive polyps loaded with nematocysts (also called cnidocytes) that can fire venomous …Read More »

  • CA Marine Protected Areas Poster Now Available

    CA Marine Protected Areas Poster Now Available

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has completed a interpretive poster for the California Marine Protected Area (MPA) network. The 26- x 36-inch full-color poster provides an informal introduction to the network, and features satellite imagery as well as photos of marine animals and habitats protected within MPAs. The poster is designed to give the public a first introduction …Read More »

  • Sea Slug Courtship and Reproduction

    Sea Slug Courtship and Reproduction

    Except for having to dissect a frog, I enjoyed high school biology. As an adult, however, I have found marine biology even more fascinating. Reproduction specifically. I had no idea it could be so complicated under the sea. Take, for instance, nudibranch mating and egg laying. Over the years I have taken photos of a lot of things I could …Read More »

  • Exciting Diving Off Anacapa: Celebrating Eel Encounters

    Exciting Diving Off Anacapa: Celebrating Eel Encounters

    “Blub, blub — oooe‚ — ooooooh, glub!” With the excellent visibility, it was easy to see my dive buddy wildly waving her arms in an excited attempt to get my attention. I’ve seen this many times, and even from afar I can tell it means “excitement” rather than “distress.” I really appreciate when another diver wants to show me something …Read More »

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