It Must be Just Right!

In early spring, male #garibaldi begins to establish a spawning area in his territory that contains specific types of red algae. He continuously grooms and cleans the algae to prepare the nesting site. This takes as long as one month. When the nest is ready the male will approach females and attempt to entice them to come to his nesting site by making a loud clucking sound and then dashing over to the nest. Females are very selective. The nest must be well groomed and already have eggs deposited. They inspect the nest site and if she approves of the nest, egg color, and the male, she will lay her eggs which are then fertilized by the male. He immediately drives away the female to prevent her from eating the eggs. Several females may deposit eggs in the same nest and a female may deposit eggs in several different nests. The male carefully grooms and fans the eggs. He aggressively protects the nest.

Quiet Wonder

Watching California sea lions freely gliding through the water fills me with serenity and wonder. It's simply amazing how fast they can swim and turn so quickly.

I'm Seeing Purple!

Certain dive sites around Santa Barbara Island are among few places other than Farnsworth Bank and Gull Island where you can see purple hydrocoral (Stylaster californicus). While the colonies here are not as large as ones at Farnsworth Bank, but the colonies here looked healthy.

Let's Go Green with OSDT!

You’ve probably noticed some boats have reusable cups. We propose to go one step farther. OSDT Dive Team is encouraging its members to pack their own cups, plates/bowls, and utensils on the dive trips. If you forget to pack your own mess kit, you can save the disposable plates and utensils and reuse them throughout the day. This is one simple step to help reduce trash. It might sound like a little thing, but every effort helps to reduce the amount of trash we produce. Let’s do our part to protect our environment!

September Tidepool Outing

As the ocean tides go out, the rocky shores become exposed and trapped sea water form “tidepools.” When the tides rise again, the entire area becomes submerged and the tidepools become hidden. Numerous animals are adapted to live in constantly changing water levels of the intertidal zone, many of which cannot be encountered at depths where divers explore. You will have a guided, tidepooling and beachcombing experience to help you discover numerous organisms that cling, crawl, camouflage, and burrow in the tidepools. We will also discuss beach safety and entry and exit strategies for exploring further into the ocean (if and when you go snorkeling or scuba diving). A light healthy snack is also included with this one-of-a-kind outing!

Saturday, September 23
Meet at Ocean Safari 3:30 pm (Carpool can be arranged)
Low Tide: 6:11 pm
Depart Tidepools 7 pm
Back at Ocean Safari 8 pm


Identify the marine creatures that become visible at low tide

Discover all the nooks and crannies where organisms hide

Find and discuss edible seaweeds

Learn about the ecological factors that make tidepools unique

Analyze the beach for safe entry and exit

Visit the ocean, gain knowledge, and enjoy healthy snack!

We Provide:

A fun, educational trip hosted by the Ocean Safari team

Expert marine biologist to guide the experience

Healthy snack and drink

Please Bring Your Own:

Water bottle

Day Pack/Back pack (to carry your food and water)

Sturdy shoes that can get wet (Please no flip flops!)

Sun Hat

Sun Screen

Optional Items to Bring:


Notebook and pencil



Please call Ocean Safari at 626-287-6283 to sign up and to get further details.
If you would like to carpool, 10 spaces are available in Thomas’s van, please call to reserve a spot.