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Photo of scuba diving Marine Street Beach - kelp

Lobster Diving La Jolla’s Marine Street Beach, California

Tuesday evening I met up with the Power Scuba folks for a recon shore dive at Marine Street Beach in La Jolla. Someone got the fine idea that this site might be a good spot for lobster diving when the season opens in the winter, so we went down to check it out. It was []

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Garabaldi and kelp at La Jolla Cove

Diving La Jolla Cove

When I mention it, local divers are always shocked to hear I’ve never been to La Jolla Cove. NO LONGER! On Tuesday, Tedd and I set out to rectify the never-dove-the-Cove situation once and for all. Surface conditions were beautiful, with gentle 1-2-foot waves, plentiful sunshine, and no wind. We waded in and swam out []

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Metridium on HMCS Yukon

Diving San Diego’s Wreck Alley and Kelp Forest

I spent Memorial Day diving with my friends at San Diego dive boat Marissa Charters in Wreck Alley and the Point Loma kelp beds. It’s always nice to be out on the boat, but Monday was amazing! We had great weather topside and pretty good visibility out on our dives!   HMCS Yukon HMCS Yukon is a []

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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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Salp chain

An Uncommon Dive at La Jolla Shores

Friday morning, I went for one last cold-water dive at La Jolla before heading out of town for the Long Beach Scuba Show and our anniversary trip to Belize. With the possible exception of last year’s squid run, this was one of the most different and interesting La Jolla Shores dives I’ve ever done. In []

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Tube anemone at La Jolla Shores

Diving La Jolla Shores, San Diego: The Usual Suspects

I have a confession to make: It’s been weeks since my last time diving La Jolla Shores. Conditions have been less than wonderful and life has gotten in the way. This morning, a friend and I finally got back in the water (in honor of his birthday!) and had a great time. It sounds silly, []

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Casa de Balboa archways at Balboa Park, San Diego, California

Balboa Park: El Prado, San Diego, CA

This weekend, I visited Balboa Park in San Diego, California for the first time. Wow-what a cool spot! I can’t wait to go back and spend more time there. I spent most of my morning in the park’s El Prado area. Balboa Park Balboa Park is a 1200-acre green space in San Diego, CA. Named for the []

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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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Peltodoris nobilis - sea lemon (noble dorid)

Nudibranchs: The Sea Lemon

Anisodoris nobilis, or the noble dorid nudibranch, is also known as the sea lemon. This name is not only attributable to its yellow color, but apparently also to a citrusy smell it can give off when it is handled. Unlike many tinier nudibranchs, the sea lemon can reach up to around five inches in length. []

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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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Unconditional Surrender Statue

Unconditional Surrender (The Kiss), San Diego

In the Port of San Diego stands a 25-foot-tall replica of the famous photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt, V-J Day in Times Square. The photo ran in Life Magazine in 1945 with the caption, “In New York’s Times Square a white-clad girl clutches her purse and skirt as an uninhibited sailor plants his lips squarely on []

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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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Sunset at Sunset Cliffs

Sunset Cliffs are a stretch of sandstone bluffs about a mile from our home in San Diego. Although they’re a popular spot for surfers, joggers, and sunbathers, it’s still relatively easy to find a quiet spot to watch the sunset and the breaking waves. On the south end of the cliffs, a metal staircase provides []

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