The pinnacles around Santa Barbara Island is one of the few places other than Farnsworth Banks and Gull Island where we can see colonies of purple hydrocorals (Stylaster californicus) in southern California. Although these colonies are smaller than the ones at Farnsworth, it is still a stunning sight. This is one of the reasons why I love diving at Santa Barbara Island.
Norris’ top snail (Norrisia norrisii) is a medium sized marine snail commonly found from Point Conception to Baja California, Mexico. You can see several on the giant kelp in this image. These snails work hard… they climb up to graze on the giant kelp, and then they drop down to the sea floor to sleep at night. Next time you swim through a kelp forest, try looking for them.
A group of divers enjoying a quiet moment watching the sunset in French Polynesia. Everyone was waiting to see the green flash, but only three saw the fleeting moment. It is a simple and precious moment that is easily overlooked in our busy city life. A liveaboard trip offers the time to relax and enjoy such a moment.