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  • How to Photograph Elephant Seals

    There are several “rules” in big animal photography. You must be where the animals are, and when they are there, you must find cooperative animals in clear water. And, most important of all, you got to have a lot of luck. Elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) are a good example of this. These pinnipeds belong to the family phocidae, the true …Read More »

  • One-in-a-Billion Clam

    Imagine coming to a nice, long stretch of sandy beach, fully intent on finding a spot to settle in. But when you do, there are already others there with the same idea. Why, there are thousands, millions — even billions — packed in. Virtually every square inch of sand is occupied, making it hard to even get a foothold! What …Read More »

  • Italian Family Diving

    There have been a lot of articles lately in the other dive magazines touting the benefits of diving with your family. Obviously, these article are not written by authors in Italian families. My wife’s family background is heavy Italian and while they are loving and demonstrative of that love, when they fight, my God they can fight! That Italian disposition …Read More »

  • Successful Underwater Night Macro Photography

    If you have ever been night diving, you know that a myriad of new and unusual creatures come out in the darkness that are normally hidden or invisible during the day. Octopus, squid, shrimp, and other invertebrates venture forth from holes and move freely about. Many kinds of fish show markedly different behaviors often allowing dramatic close up shots not …Read More »

  • A Hydroid That Stands Alone

    For the most part, a person who knows a hydroid, knows a whole bunch of hydroids. While it is true that many hydroids will be found in one environment together, the main reason it’s hard to get to know just a single individual hydroid is because these animals tend to form colonies. Numerous individuals will be joined together into what …Read More »

  • California’s Fish-of-Steel

    Look! Up in the stream! It’s a bird-it’s a plain (trout)—no, it’s Super Fish! Oh, you don’t recall Super Fish from your comic book days? Well, why not? After all, there is Super Dog, Super Horse, Super Cat and Super Monkey, so why shouldn’t the Man-of-Steel have a Fish-of-Steel? But, you’re right, he didn’t seem to, or if he did, …Read More »

  • Photograph Giant Sea Bass

    In the year 2000, I had the good fortune to make over 25 dives with one of the largest fish found off our Southern California coast, the giant sea bass. This wouldn’t have been much to write about 40 years ago, but today, after years of overfishing by commercial and private fishermen, and being a much sought-after trophy by many …Read More »

  • To Hunt or Not to Hunt? Deciding for Yourself

    Like it or not, underwater hunting, the act of taking seafood underwater for personal consumption, is still quite legal in this state, widely practiced and, in this writer’s opinion, a very legitimate activity. Clearly, however, mankind has overharvested widely in most, if not all, areas of the sea. Most say, rightfully so, that the commercial harvesters are to blame but …Read More »

  • Harvest Refugia Needed Now

    After diving California waters for nearly three decades I am amazed how resilient our local oceans can be. Humans and nature deliver blow after blow and she comes back, often quite strong. The recent El Niño is an example. A few years ago it was difficult to find any kelp beds on the south coast; now they are thick and …Read More »

  • Senate Bill 1: Rigs to Reefs – Preserving California?s Thriving Artificial Reefs

    With many of California’s 27 offshore oil and gas platforms approaching decommissioning, much more is at stake than which landfill will hold the scraps from these massive structures. Californians should be very concerned about the thriving artificial reef ecosystems these platforms support and the many species of fish—including the threatened Boccacio— that call them home. A legislative proposal currently under …Read More »

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