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  • Uribe 121 Sinking April 25 Off Baja California

    A date has been set for sinking the first underwater park attraction off Baja California. April 25 is the date planned to sink Uribe 121, an old Mexican Navy battleship in The Rosarito Underwater Park, or Parque Sumarino Rosarito.   The area in northwest Mexico is about 40 miles from San Diego. The decommissioned Uribe-class patrol boat, Uribe 121, has been …Read More »

  • Cold Water? Lucky Us!

    Cold Water? Lucky Us!

    A couple of days ago I was talking to a couple of my diving buddies at a local club meeting, and they were excitedly telling me about their upcoming trips to tropical destinations. As often seems to happen in discussions of that nature the gathering crowd began to explain to each other how easy it is to dive in warm …Read More »

  • The Mysteries of Marine Algae, Part Two

    The Mysteries of Marine Algae, Part Two

    Last month’s article pointed out that algae are classified as red, brown or green based on the color of their photosynthetic pigments and their evolutionary lineage. They all have chlorophyll a but only green algae look green. Other pigments mask green chlorophyll a in brown and red algae. In this article you will learn that basing an ID on the …Read More »

  • A Diver’s Guide to Charitable Giving

    A Diver’s Guide to Charitable Giving

    A New Year is here, and with it good intentions to do more to help support the causes that matter to divers. But do you know where your donated dollars are going, and how hard are they working for the cause? Nowadays, appeals and requests arrive year-round, with the pace picking up during the holiday season and year-end. Even checking …Read More »

  • The Mysteries of Marine Algae, Part One

    The Mysteries of Marine Algae, Part One

    Writing and taking photos for this column has been a journey of discovery and enlightenment. I’ve learned the common names of many marine creatures I encountered (most specifically in SoCal, where I have spent the most time) but didn’t delve into anything bordering on the scientific. I also photographed a lot of “stuff” I couldn’t identify. While looking for material …Read More »

  • The Everyday Diver: Living the Diving Life, Year-Round

    The Everyday Diver: Living the Diving Life, Year-Round

    In the language of the automobile collector, there’s a term called the “everyday driver.” It’s the nice-ish car that you drive to the grocery store or on your daily commute. Then there’s the “other” car — the expensive classic that sits idle for months at a time and only gets taken out on short excursions when the weather is perfect.  …Read More »

  • Same Ol’ New Things

    Same Ol’ New Things

    It’s the middle of fall as I sit down to type this piece. As a California diver who works in the sport diving industry this time of year typically means two things to me: right now is when we’re enjoying some of our best local diving conditions, and DEMA, the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association annual trade show.  With regard …Read More »

  • Admiring California Hydrocoral

    Admiring California Hydrocoral

    Much prized by underwater photographers for its beautiful colors, California hydrocoral (Stylaster californicus) is one of the 350 species of hydroids in the Phylum Cnidaria. A close cousin of the fire corals found in tropical waters, it is not a true (stony) coral.  Cnidaria (the “C” is silent) is not a small, insignificant phylum. It contains approximately 10,000 species, at …Read More »

  • Unusual Marine Life Sightings In So Cal Waters

    Unusual Marine Life Sightings In So Cal Waters

    A group of fishermen off Catalina Island were treated to a rare surprise on Sunday, September 14, 2014 when a large shadowy figure surfaced near their fishing boat, the Triton. It turned out to be a whale shark, estimated to be about 25 feet in length. Whale sharks are the world’s largest fish and have been measured at more than …Read More »

  • That Thing We Do

    That Thing We Do

    Legend has it that the wonderful author and humorist who went by the pen name Mark Twain was once asked how much he might charge for a speech. His answer was something like “Nothing if there is no time limit, and $20 if I have to make all my points in five minutes or less.” As a public speaker, author …Read More »

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