A Couple of Show Offs

A couple of California sea lions playing with each other among giant kelp. I wonder if they think we are just very awkward and slow sea lions...

Almost Weekend!

The weekend is almost here. I’m already dreaming of jumping into the blue water and descending to the rocky reef. There, among the giant kelp and fish, the stress of daily life just melts away

This Fish is Always Around

 

The ever present garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus), our state marine fish, know they are protected. These fish will aggressively protect their territory. They are known to dart out of the rock to chase off divers, and even nip at those who fail to take the hint.

Safety Stop Activity

Here is another image of the diver looking at norris’ top snail (Norrisia norrisii) on giant kelp. Looking for little creatures hiding among the kelp is one of our favorite things to do during the safety stop.

Purple Dream

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.