Photo of the Week: Painted Greenling (and a Bonus Hermissenda Nudibranch)

Painted greenling fish and Hermissenda crassicornis nudibranch.

Those who have been following this blog for any length of time will recall that finding tiny surprise creatures in a photo is one of my favorite things in the whole world.

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This Spanish Shawl is the Goldilocks of Nudibranchs

Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

In unpredictable surge and weird currents, it’s a challenge and a half to get a Spanish Shawl photo “just right.”

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The Easiest Way to Fix Ambient Light Underwater Photos: A Topaz ReMask Review

Topaz-ReMask-Review

I really just love the people over at Topaz Labs. Every time I use a Topaz plugin, I’m blown away at how the Topaz developers manage to pack in features and precise controls while still maintaining the simplicity and ease of use the plugins are famous for.

I’ve worked with Topaz Detail and Topaz Clean in the past, and both plugins have yielded impressive results, but I think ReMask is my favorite and the most useful so far. But what does it do? Read on to find out…

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Photo of the Week: Atlantis Submarine

Atlantis Submarine in Oahu, Hawaii.

Ever feel like you’re being watched?

Of course you have; we all have.

Ever hear a strange whirring sound underwater, and think, “Oh, I’m just being watched by about 50 kids in a tourist submarine?”

No?

Me neither.

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11 Interesting Facts about the USS Moody Destroyer Wreck

USS Moody Wreck

In San Pedro Bay, about 140 feet down, rests the wreck of USS Moody (DD-277). Moody, one of 156 Clemson-class destroyers, has a rich and interesting history. Here are 11 fun facts about the ship, its class, and its story.

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Anacapa’s Airplane Wreck: TBF Avenger

Grumman TBF Avenger

It’s 1944: two Navy bombers collide midair while participating in a training exercise over Anacapa Island. One goes down on the back side of the island and is never found. The other hits the ocean on the front side of middle Anacapa and sinks to the bottom. Between the two planes, three crewmen are killed. [...]

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Photo of the Week: Cyclosalpa affinis

Cyclosalpa affinis tunicate colony

DID YOU KNOW that the salp, while it looks like a jellyfish, is actually a tunicate, a member of the phylum Chordata, and is more closely related to vertebrates than it is to jellies?

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A Second Dive on the UB-88 Submarine Wreck

UB-88 Submarine Wreck

In just shy of 200′ of water in San Pedro Bay is the wreck of the German submarine UB-88, the only u-boat shipwreck in California.

I dove this wreck for the first time late last year and my post about it made waves, so to speak. Apparently I’m not the only one who’s into the German u-boat. UB-88 is, in my mind, the perfect mix of historical and exclusive, being the subject of an interesting war story and resting at a depth well out of reach of most divers.

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to dive the sub again. I’m never one to pass up a good wreck diving trip, so up to Long Beach we went.

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