Informing and inspiring everyone about California’s underwater world
Brown booby on La Jolla bluff. c.Rosemary Tu
I’ve been gazing at a pair of boobies. Not that kind! I mean subtropical brown booby seabirds (Sula leucogaster) loafing on the bluffs and paddling in the sea in what I consider my territory. Mind you, I’m not a bird dog kind of dog. Aeronautical...
c.2016 Judith Lea Garfield
From my many years of scuba diving, I’ve found countless debris cast off or lost by humans to the underwater world. Landfill items include the gross (used adhesive bandages, condoms), the “no-surprise-there” (flip-flops, sunglasses, fishing...
A Western grebe. c.Dominic Sherony
I was sprinting toward the water for my evening swim when I detected a bird, actually a Western grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis), in distress. It was crouched on the sand where the tide washed in and out. I know how sensitive I am when strangers,...
A finescale triggerfish's (<em>Balistes polylepis</em>) knifelike trigger is poised for attack while the mouth is permanently poised for a kiss. ©J.E. Randall
To beat the sod soaker expected later today, I paddled (saying dog paddled would be redundant, right?) out to the rocky reefs to see what was what and discovered two finescale triggerfishes (Balistes polylepis) meandering among the sickly strands of...
My Mission

To share my knowledge with readers through photographic documentation and writing that blends personal experience, humor, and current science research.