Climbing Up

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.

How Many People Saw the Green Flash?

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.

Bait Ball!

What a treat! It was around 6pm at Santa Barbara Island, and several sea lions were out playing and enjoying their dinner. I was getting hungry seeing the bait ball getting smaller… I wanted to go back to the boat and eat my dinner, but my urge to stay and watch them won over my hunger.

Dreaming... Under a Jetty in French Polynesia

It was so unreal... all these onespot snapper (Lutjanus monostigma) hanging around under the jetty as if enjoying the shade. It felt like I was in a dream.

Dreaming of Dolphins

This friendly pod of dolphins visited us during our dive to play with us and let us touch and hug them. They played with our bubbles and seemed to enjoy feeling the bubbles on their bodies. They wanted us to give them belly rubs… they wiggled their tails when they enjoy the massages. I have never experienced this type of intimate encounter with wild dolphins. I think I understand why so many people want to go for a romantic getaway in French Polynesia.