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Salt Point/Gerstle Cove Coastal Clean Day and Dive — July 30

Unfortunately, there has been an increase in beach trash at popular North Coast beach sites especially with the tsunami in Japan. NorCal Underwater Hunters and Sonoma Coast Bamboo Reef have announced a Coastal Clean Day and Dive and invite everyone to join in the festivities at Salt Point State Park/Gerstle Cove in Sonoma County July 30, 2011. Participants should meet up at 9 a.m. in the big parking lot next to the Gerstle Cove. The clean-up will progress until noon when there will be a […]

Gold Star Dive – July 16

The 13th Anniversary Gold Star Dive on Catalina Island at the Casino Point Underwater Park will be held on Saturday, July 16. The event is hosted by the Avalon Sheriff’s Station and sponsored by several dive shops and companies associated with diving. This event will be a fund-raiser for the Avalon Sheriff’s Station’s  Y.A.L. (Youth Athletic League) program and the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber.  Divers will search for numbered “gold” stars in depths between 10 feet and 50 feet. Divers will have an hour and a […]

The Underwater Photographer’s Mantra

Photography articles commonly focus on the technical side of photography–cameras, lenses, lighting, etc. While it is necessary to understand at some level how your camera works, I’ve have always believed that an understanding of composition, animal behavior, and how the photographer’s behavior influences the creation of an image are more important to understand. This is especially true when that once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity swims by, since it is natural to lose your concentration in the excitement of the moment. To maintain your focus, all you have […]

Sheephead: The Bold Rogue of the Kelp Forest

When I first came upon a male California sheephead, I thought I had wandered into the neighborhood of the local bully. The adult sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher) are bigger than many fish of the Central and Southern California rocky reefs and kelp forests. With a big, blunt, black head, red mid-section, and black tail he looks at you with alert eyes, a sense of cool detachment and a mouthful of long, crooked teeth. Itʼs not just his appearance that is a bit intimidating, itʼs his attitude. […]

Seen Any Basking Sharks? Contact NOAA

Basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) are one of the largest fish in the sea, second only to whale sharks. They can reach a maximum size of 45 feet, and are distinguished from whale sharks by their pointy snouts, dark grey to brown color, and gill slits that nearly encircle their head. Like whale sharks, as well as all the largest rays and cetaceans, basking sharks are filter feeders foraging near the base of the food-web on krill and other zooplankton. Consequently, they have no interest in […]

Lower Your Camera and Enjoy the Moment

The reasons for diving seem to be many, but I think it can be narrowed down to four categories or combinations thereof: Seafood hunting, adventure (challenge), nature enjoyment and photography. Whatever your reason for diving, I want to encourage you to consider a serious thought: Enjoy the moment. Hunters and adventurers can be poor at this, but by far the worst are the photographers and videographers. So many of us always seem to have a camera attached to our faces or looking for the next […]

Atomic Cobalt Computer Review

Let me get this out of my system right away. I was first attracted to the Atomic Cobalt dive computer simply because it looked really cool. The bright colorful lights and numbers mesmerized me. Wow! When I first dived with it on a boat recently, other divers onboard were equally enthralled with the display. I am not much one for status symbols but here I had one. Since their introduction last year, the Atomic Cobalt computer has been in incredible demand, limited supply and, unfortunately, […]

Black Skirt Mask vs. Clear Skirt Mask

I have been diving with a clear silicone mask skirt since the mid-80s when my old black neoprene skirt mask finally gave up the ghost. The neoprene had deteriorated to the point of leaving a black ring on my face. Like most of the diving world, I found the silicone skirt comfortable, well sealing and long-lasting. I never looked back. Now you can’t even find a neoprene mask on the market.  But divers began to crave the benefits of a black skirt in the late […]

Pocket Weights for BCDs

Pocket Weights are a new way of weight management for integrated BCDs. The plastic coated weights slide easily in and out of BCD pockets easily and smoothly. They are created in dimensions that fit almost all the major manufacturers’ BCDs. Pocket Weights feature a mild curve that gently hugs the torso without deforming the pocket. A molded in handle is large enough to accommodate fingers in 7mm gloves. The rectangular weights come is 4, 5, 7 and 10-pound sizes. Pocket Weights also manufactures slotted trim […]

How to Photograph Lobster

Now that the fever of lobster hunting has died down as far as eating them goes, perhaps it is time we pick up our cameras and turn our attention to photographing them instead. These funny crustaceans that we just grab and head them off to the dinner table are actually quite interesting creatures, albeit on the simple side.  ABOUT LOBSTER The California spiny lobster (Panulirus interruptus) is actually not a lobster, per se, but rather a crayfish. They lack the large front claws of their […]

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