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Sarcastic Fringehead

Making my way back to Shores-cago

Okay, that was terrible. I’m sorry. Last night was my second night back in the cold, dark waters of sunny San Diego since our return from Belize. (I have so many photos from that trip that I’m intimidated by them. Eventually they’ll get sorted and posted. Promise!) Monday night, I joined the crew of the []

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Kelp at Two Harbors, Catalina

Catalina Dive Sites: Two Harbors

The diving at Catalina Island is some of the best in Southern California–even when it’s not so great, like it was last weekend. I did four dives over two days, and found Catalina has been suffering from the same low-visibility problems as San Diego. I still had a great time! The Catalina dive sites I []

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Healthy Fiji coral reef

Scuba Diving Fiji’s Viti Levu!

Fiji is home to some of the world’s best dive sites. When the currents pick up, the soft corals “bloom” into a breathtakingly colorful display, earning the islands the title of “the soft coral capital of the world.” A direct flight away from Los Angeles, Viti Levu, the biggest Fijian island, is one of the easiest Pacific islands to get to from the United States.

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San Diego Nudibranchs: Hermissenda crassicornis

When the visibility gets tough, the tough find nudibranchs

San Diego Nudibranchs A swell that has been plaguing the San Diego coastline with rough surf (seemingly forever…) finally subsided late last week, just in time for our scheduled Easter Sunday boat dive. Visibility was severely compromised, though, as a result of the extended period of rough ocean conditions. The water was green and murky… []

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California kelp

The California Kelp Forest

My diving career so far has been rich with travel. I have dove all over the tropical blue waters of the Caribbean and the untouched oceans of Fiji. I’ve seen the exotic Antarctic sea creatures that migrate north to the temperate waters of Sydney, Australia, swam with the seals in the Isles of Shoals off []

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Spanish Shawl Nudibranch in Point Loma Kelp Beds, San Diego

Nudibranchs: Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

After more than a month out of the water, and two months out of the cold California water, I finally got to go diving again! We spent the weekend on the Horizon dive boat diving San Clemente Island and the kelp beds of Point Loma, San Diego. I saw lots of sea lions and a []

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Market Squid Run in La Jolla, CA

San Diego, California: The Running of the Squid

2011’s market squid run was one of the most incredible phenomena I have ever experienced while diving. Every year, tens of thousands of these foot-long squid congregate to mate, lay eggs, and die. The water was thick with San Diego squid–visibility was limited not by particulate in the water column, but by the density of []

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Angel Shark

California Diving: Sharks and Rays

We’re headed back to San Diego in just a few short, hectic days. There are friends to see and things to pack, and of course there is cleaning to do… and whereas I miss our Killington friends dearly when we are away, I can’t wait to get back in the water. Going through old photos []

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Diving Nassau, Bahamas: David Tucker Wreck and the Hollywood Bowl

  Our last dive day in Nassau brought sunny, tropical weather once again. However, the ocean had not yet recovered from the storm, and strong currents, coupled with compromised visibility, made diving a little bit difficult. The David Tucker was donated by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force to become an artificial reef. It sits in []

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Diving Nassau, Bahamas: The BBC Wreck

Bahamas BBC Wreck In September of 2007, the BBC, with assistance from Stuart Cove’s, purchased and scuttled an old tugboat to study the colonization of artificial reefs for their series “Life.” A contest was held to name the boat, and the winners (a couple from Arizona) won a chance to dive on the newly-sunk wreck, []

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Diving Nassau, Bahamas: Shark Diving

My favorite dive from our entire trip was the Caribbean reef shark feed. It was the perfect Valentine’s Day gift from my husband! We dove with Stuart Cove’s, a dive operator known both for Bahamas shark diving and the underwater production of many major Hollywood films, such as Flipper, Jaws: The Revenge, Into the Blue, []

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Diving Nassau, Bahamas: More Tropical Fish (and other critters)

  Barracuda hunt primarily by sight, and are therefore sometimes attracted to shiny objects, as they might resemble the scales of prey fish.  I’ve sometimes had barracuda follow my camera around, presumably because they were interested in the flashes of light from my strobes. This was not one such fish. It wanted nothing to do []

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Diving Nassau, Bahamas: Tropical Fish

  Just a few of the tropical fish we saw in the Bahamas…   Gray Angelfish:   Trumpetfish:   Pufferfish:     Parrotfish:   Please check out my entire Nassau underwater photo gallery here.

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Diving Nassau, Bahamas: Grouper

I like groupers for three reasons. 1. They’re pretty scary-looking. 2. They’re easy to photograph. Groupers are relatively territorial and sedentary, and a fish that stays in one place is a fish that’s more likely to star in a “keeper” photo. The infamous fleeing “fish butt” photo is no fun at all.     3. []

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Diving Nassau, Bahamas: Southern Stingray

  On our descent into the Sea Viking/Mike’s Reef site in New Providence, Mat spotted this huge southern stingray, about 3-4′ across. I got right in its face with my fisheye lens.   Feeling the need for a sense of scale, I motioned for him to come over into the frame…   … but apparently []

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Diving Nassau, Bahamas: Wrecks of the Steel Forest

  The Steel Forest is a set of three wrecks that were scuttled between 1997 and 2002. They orient to form a triangle on the sandy bottom in 40-120′ of water, right on the edge of the Tongue of the Ocean, a 6000′-deep ocean trench.     The “fake hand on/under a wreck” thing seems []

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Diving Nassau, Bahamas: Wrecks of the Willaurie and Anthony Bell

Anthony Bell Wreck The Anthony Bell is an old 90′ Bahamian tugboat. She was scuttled by Stuart Cove’s to create an artificial reef. Prior to sinking, Anthony Bell was meticulously stripped to make the wreck safer for divers.   Rusting metal still poses a hazard, however, as do some of the inhabitants of the artificial reef, such []

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Diving the California Oil Rigs, Part 3

(See Diving the California Oil Rigs, Part 1 and Diving the California Oil Rigs, Part 2) Above is a male sheephead, a common game fish in California, and below are a pair of females. Fun fact: all sheephead are born female, and eventually change to males later in life.   Here’s a Lingcod:   A scorpionfish: []

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Diving the California Oil Rigs, Part 1

(This is a continuation of my previous post on the California oil rigs.) The platforms are formidable structures both above and below the water. The water was green and murky at the rigs this weekend, with visibility in the 15-foot range. The vis did start to open up below about 100 feet (our maximum depths []

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