Recent Articles

  • Very Special Days for Divers are NOW HERE!

    Christmas. New Year’s Day. My birthday. My mother’s birthday. July 4th. Opening day of baseball season. The World Series. The Super Bowl. Starting way back when I was a kid I note the passage of time with these “special” days. In my adult years I still do the same with these days, and I have added a few more. The …Read More »

  • Very Special Days for Diver are NOW HERE!

    Christmas. New Year’s Day. My birthday. My mother’s birthday. July 4th. Opening day of baseball season. The World Series. The Super Bowl. Starting way back when I was a kid I note the passage of time with these “special” days. In my adult years I still do the same with these days, and I have added a few more. The …Read More »

  • Hydro-Powered Holothurians: California Sea Cucumbers

    Hydro-Powered Holothurians: California Sea Cucumbers

    During a late afternoon dive several years ago in Fiji, I came across a sea cucumber (Bohadschia graeffei) that was upright and swaying like a cobra dancing to a snake charmer’s tune. That was very strange and I didn’t know what to make of it. I watched for a while, swam away, then came back, intending to photograph the sea …Read More »

  • California Abalone Diving

    Strange things happen in Northern California during springtime. Campgrounds and motels that were unoccupied most of the winter are now sold out. Coastal roads that were once empty are bustling with traffic. Large numbers of employees are mysteriously absent from their jobs. A case for the X-Files? No, it’s simply the beginning of abalone season. The red abalone is the …Read More »

  • The Spirit of a Dive Show

    Along with California Diving News, we publish Dive Training magazine and the diving industry’s trade journal. So as a working member of the scuba industry, I have attended many dive shows. Heck, I was at the Long Beach show way back in its early days on the Queen Mary. Yet, until we took over Scuba Show I never fully understood …Read More »

  • Careers in Diving: Professional Profiles Part 2

    Careers in Diving: Professional Profiles Part 2

    Probably the most amazing thing about the jobs people have who work in diving is that their careers are so varied. Pick a type of job, and there is probably someone who specializes in using diving in that job. There are doctors who specialize in diving medicine, lawyers who specialize in diving litigation, archaeologists who specialize in maritime archaeology, and …Read More »

  • Seeing Spots: Studying the Two-Spot Octopus

    Seeing Spots: Studying the Two-Spot Octopus

    While two-spot octopuses are not uncommon in Southern California waters, they are usually found tucked away in 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 closer. That’s when I …Read More »

  • Dream It, Do It

    Dream It, Do It

    A blue whale, the largest creature to have ever lived, appears on the edge of visibility and then comes into view as it swims through a dense concentration of krill-like crustaceans upon which it feeds. Two male sarcastic fringehead confront each other, opening their gaping mouths as wide as they can in an effort to intimidate their opponent and claim …Read More »

  • Soft Bodies, Sharp Teeth: California Moray Eels

    Soft Bodies, Sharp Teeth: California Moray Eels

    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 return to the Sargasso Sea to spawn.  No one knows for sure where California morays spawn. Scientists believe SoCal waters are too …Read More »

  • Knots, Nauts, and Nots: What You Need to Know About diving from your own boat

    Knots, Nauts, and Nots: What You Need to Know About diving from your own boat

    Diving from a charter boat can be a lot of fun and it’s a great way to reach sites that aren’t accessible from shore. Planning a trip aboard a dive charter is easy. Simply make a reservation, arrive at the dock on time, and you’re all set. The captain and crew are there to welcome you aboard. They take care …Read More »

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