Informing and inspiring everyone about California’s underwater world
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...
Crustose coralline algae grow very slowly because the process that makes these algae hard (calcification by calcium carbonate) takes a lot of energy. ©www.TideLines.org
Another day dawns hot and muggy, and here I am in my fur coat all dressed up and ready for saltwater lubrication. Truth be told, I’m not much into car rides but when they're brief and end with the waves lapping at my ankles, I’m in. Flat sea...
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...
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To share my knowledge with readers through photographic documentation and writing that blends personal experience, humor, and current science research.