Team Amazing’s Cristi Quill Attempts Guinness World Record Scuba Dive As Cancer Fundraiser

Cristi Quill and a support diver pose during her Guinness World Record Scuba Dive

In order to get the Guinness World Record for the longest open circuit scuba dive, she has to stay underwater for 52 hours. I joined her underwater for hour 48.

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I Got Shat On By A Whale, And All I Saw Were These Lousy Manta Rays

Giant manta ray at Revillagigedos Islands

It was hard to pinpoint where, exactly, the whales were, but I had a guess—and my guess was confirmed when we were suddenly doused with a brown cloud of whale shit.

I’ll let the reality of that sink in for a second.

Shat on. By a whale.

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Add Electric Effects To Your Underwater Photos: A Topaz Glow Review

Nudibranch processed with Topaz Glow Photoshop plugin

Topaz Glow doesn’t just leave your photos with the lights-in-the-tree twinkle. I mean, it can. But where Glow really shines (ahem) is in making an in-your-face, red-light-district, girls-girls-girls neon effect. It’s an acid trip. It’s the reflections of traffic lights at night in the rain.

And it’s so, so rad.

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Here’s What It’s Like To Dive San Diego Bay

The Control Group/Power Scuba San Diego Bay Cleanup

Ever wondered what it would be like to dive San Diego Bay under the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s historic ships? I most certainly hadn’t—until local dive club and non-profit Power Scuba announced their massive underwater cleanup of the Port of San Diego, where they would be removing trash from the bay floor beneath that stretch of famous vessels and as far south as the Tuna Harbor.

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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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