Decompress Like A Boss

Ship Rock

If someone tells you that they like doing decompression, they’re either lying or they haven’t done enough of it to know better.

This is a rule.

I will concede one very notable exception to this rule, and that is decompression on walls or pinnacles. On walls or pinnacles, a diver can make his or her way up the reef, conducting—and actually enjoying—their deco stops during what amounts to a second recreational dive, without that pesky “getting out of the water and doing a surface interval” part.

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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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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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