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Tales from the Wet Side: Steller Sea Lions

Super Maul Day 1. Arriving at the rookery, the barking is loud, varied, sometimes guttural and nasally, otherworldly, and pretty funny. The sound fills the air. Once they see us, a bunch of them slide into the water en masse, and … Continue reading

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Backscatter be still my heart

If you are a friend of mine, you have probably heard me complain about, er, mention backscatter. Backscatter is the reflection of strobe light off the tiny bits of particle stuff in the water that can muck up an otherwise lovely … Continue reading

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Lighting up the Channel Islands

[This post is essentially reprinted from an article I wrote for the December 2016 Buoy Tender, the newsletter of the Marker Buoy Dive Club. As a newsletter article, it has a little more boat review than I’d typically do in this space. … Continue reading

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Summer of Cephalopods

[Much of this post reprinted from an article I wrote for the November 2015 Buoy Tender, the newsletter of the Marker Buoy Dive Club.] I want to write an entire book about my dive experiences during the summer of 2015, the summer … Continue reading

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Nearshore diving, Simonstown, South Africa

For my final post on my March 2015 South Africa “Sharkaholic” trip, I’ll try to let the photos do the talking. From my [unbiased] perspective, I saved the best for last. After all, the water is green! We did three … Continue reading

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White Shark Habitat

Did I really write that? White shark “habitat”? Last week I mentioned that when I was in South Africa in March, we went to three different habitat types for different shark species. But what is white shark habitat? After all, … Continue reading

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The Blue Sharks of South Africa

Last March opened up a new favorite dive destination to me – South Africa. It instantly sky-rocketed to one of my top favorite places in the world to visit and dive. This particular trip was billed “Sharkaholic Expedition” and focused … Continue reading

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