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Bryozoans: Mother Nature’s Look-Alikes

Ever look at a horse and wonder if it was a pig or a cat? Me neither. I have however, looked at dozens of my photos and wondered if they were actually bryozoans and not the hydroids, corals or seaweeds they resembled.  Mother Nature turned trickster when she created bryozoans. She gave them many different forms and colors. On land, an animal that looks like a horse is very probably a horse. Underwater, an animal that looks like a hydroid, coral or seaweed may just […]

A California Icon — The Garibaldi

One of the first things I learned when I moved to California in 1975 was that the garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus) was California’s official state fish. It was something I heard over and over again. The problem was that although widely believed, this information was not true. And to some degree there has been and still is some confusion about the status of this iconic fish.  Today, the garibaldi is indeed officially recognized as California’s state marine fish. The golden trout (Salmo aguabonita, also written as […]

Santa Barbara Film Festival to Honor Ernie Brooks

Ernest H. Brooks II (Ernie) is one of the legends of underwater photography. The son of Ernest H. Brooks, who was the founder of Brooks Institute of Photography, Ernie grew up in Santa Barbara with the ocean as his playground. Long recognized as one of the premiere underwater photographers in the world, Brooks’ specialty is distinctive black and white images that are timeless in their appeal. His coffee table book, Silver Seas, features an amazing collection of his photographs.  To honor Ernie’s contributions to the […]

Now’s the Time to Explore A Kelp Forest

“The number of living creatures of all Orders, whose existence intimately depends on the kelp is wonderful. A great volume might be written, describing the inhabitants of one of these beds of seaweed. I can only compare these great aquatic forests with the terrestrial ones in the inter-tropical regions. Yet, if in any country a forest was destroyed, I do not believe nearly so many species of animals would perish as would here, from the destruction of kelp.” This quote is attributed to the renowned […]

Recipe: Seared Halibut

Halibut is a favorite of many seafood lovers because of its mild flavor. The meat has a firm, large flake. I suggest pan searing halibut rather than grilling it. If you decide to grill it, remove filets from the grill when still slightly undercooked and cover with foil for several minutes before serving; the retained heat will allow the fish to finish cooking while keeping it moist and tender. One of my favorite go-to sauces is a fresh sage chiffonade with brown butter and toasted […]

Soft Bodies, Striking Beauty: Uncommon Opisthobranchs

Some of the prettiest creatures in the sea belong to the phylum Mollusca, most specifically the subclass Opisthobranchia, which includes sea slugs, sea butterflies, sea angels and sea hares, along with sacoglossans. Though they may have shells when they are embryos, most have lost them by the time they are adults. Never heard of sea butterflies or sea angels or know what sacoglossans are? Me, either! So pardon a short digression. While you may be envisioning ethereal creatures, sea angels and sea butterflies don’t look […]

Getting Certified Is Just The Beginning

Recently, along with thousands of other certified scuba divers and people who are curious about our sport, I attended SCUBA Show 2013 in Long Beach, California. My role was to help represent California Diving News in our booth and give a seminar about diving with big animals. In addition, on Saturday evening I had the privilege and honor of presenting the well-deserved 2013 California Scuba Service award to Dr. Sam Miller III, a longtime contributor to our community in so many ways. While those activities […]

In Memoriam: Industry Mourns Body Glove Co-Founder Bob Meistrell

Bob Meistrell, the co-founder of wet suit manufacturer Body Glove, died on June 16, 2013. He was 84. Meistrell died of a heart attack while aboard his boat, the Disappearance, which was traveling back from Catalina Island as part of the Rock 2 Rock paddleboard competition.  In the 1950s Meistrell and his identical twin, Bill, who died in 2006 at the age of 77, developed a wet suit with the insulating material used in the back of refrigerators. The streamlined suit fit like a glove […]

California Dreaming

Summertime is here! That means a lot more Californians will be getting scuba certified and there will be a significant uptick in the number of out-of-state divers that visit California to take advantage of what our local diving has to offer. This increase in diving activity gives me an ideal opportunity to welcome all a lot of new divers to the California diving scene and first time diving visitors to our Pacific Ocean backyard.  I’d also like to provide a brief overview of some things […]

SCUBA Show Preview: 26 Years as THE Diving Event of the Year! June 8th & 9th

America’s largest consumer dive expo at the Long Beach Convention Center June 8 and 9 The event features more than 300 exhibit booths in 76,000 square feet, where you can find new and revolutionary dive gear, worldwide travel destinations, and meet dive experts in almost every field.    EVENT HIGHLIGHTS – Marine artist Rogest will paint four large canvases with audience participation – California seafood cooking demonstrations – Continuous film festival – $22,000 in door prizes, including travel and gear – Special drawings by exhibitors […]

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