Informing and inspiring everyone about California’s underwater world
Western gull (<em>Larus occidentalis</em>) chicks are a bottomless pit of hunger. Here, one of the three gull babies watches a parent take off to find food. ©2015 TideLines.org
What’s white, gray, and black with pink pins? A Western gull, the quintessential gull. I’ve had the best time watching a devoted gull couple raise their three squeaking offspring.  Talk about demanding and noisy. I’m sure I wasn’t like that when I...
Spawn that looks like white watermelon seeds (whelk <em>Kelletia kelletii</em>). ©2015 TideLines.org
When do eggs not look like eggs? When they are an omelet, of course! Speaking of embryos sold in cartons by the dozen, those of the marine molluscan persuasion come packaged, too, but their egg containers may resemble white watermelon seeds, corn...
Sea urchins belong under water, not in the sky. They last longer that way, too (red urchin <em> Mesocentrotus franciscanus</em>). ©2015 TideLines.org
I was terrified recently (I believe it was the fourth of this month) when war broke out. You must have heard the exploding artillery and seen urchin bodies bursting in air. What was the urchin skirmish about? During the warfare I mostly panicked,...
A remarkably rare beach sighting of a deep-water marine hatchetfish (Argyropelecus sladeni), less than 2 inches long. ©www.TideLines.org
Sydney the Golden Seal, a retriever-husky, has logged miles and years of ocean swims. She now writes about the ocean realm for the La Jolla Village News. Read Sydney's column, "Sydney's Ocean Log," here. When not dog paddling or opining, Sydney...
My Mission

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