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Diver Name

Paul Petrunia

Occupation: Founder/Director Archinect.com
Location: Pasadena, CA
Hometown: Victoria, BC

I learned to dive with the awesome team at Ocean Safari in July '12 and have been addicted since. My favorite dives so far have been at San Clemente and Cortes Bank, but on our most recent trip to Catalina I was amazed by the clear waters and rich life in the kelp forest at Arrow Point. Diving the oil rigs is the perfect combination of my love of diving and architecture. Outside of California I've dived in Hawaii and Hornby Island, BC. Looking forward to diving the rest of the world.

Snorkeling with Turtles at Tunnels Beach in Kaua'i

August 30, 2015

Among the numerous tropical fish and occasional eel and lobster sighting, a highlight of the snorkeling in Kaua'i was diving down to spend time with the sea turtles, or "Honus", as the locals call them.

African Queen Wreck and Ellen Platform Oil Rig, November 9, 2014

November 13, 2014

Another mind-blowing trip to the rigs.

Whale Watching in Victoria, BC

August 19, 2014

We found a pod of 20-30 transient orcas near Blakeley Island, WA after cutting through a lot of thick fog around Victoria. This is a photo of a mother and calf coming up for air after swimming directly under our boat.

Anacapa Island, June 22, 2014

June 29, 2014

I've never seen so many brittle stars.

Round Stingray Love

April 7, 2014

I found these lovebirds at Lulu Reef near Catalina Island. I felt a little pervy recording them for so long, but I think they liked it!

Hungry Anemones and Vicious Urchins at Talcott Shoal, March 9, 2014

March 10, 2014

The weather was really nice bobbing around Santa Rosa on the Peace yesterday, but the visibility wasn't so great. The Talcott Shoal dives were full of life, lots of ling cod and rockfish, anenomes, starfish, and TONS of chestnut cowries. I'm including some photos of a curious fish seemingly attached to an urchin. It was shaking and seem stuck. I've also posted some photos of hungry anenomes chowing down on an urchin and starfish.

Electric Ray around Santa Barbara Island

December 21, 2013

Nice surprise to wake up at Santa Barbara Island

December 1, 2013

Great day of diving SB with lots of sea lions, electric rays, horn sharks, and purple hydrocoral. The Peace dive boat provided a great trip, as usual.

The Three R's of Catalina, November 3, 2013

November 4, 2013

Great day of diving! TONS of fish, Moray Eels and a Horn Shark were just some of the highlights.

4' yellowtail

November 3, 2013

Caught by badass Mike at Ship Rock. 

Ellen Rig

October 7, 2013

We dove Ellen on our 3rd and final dive on 10/6/13. Awesome.

Sea Lions chilling out on the Ellen Rig

October 7, 2013


Diving the Sea Tiger wreck in Honolulu

October 7, 2013

Listen to the whales singing in the background.

Diving the Eureka Oil Rig

October 6, 2013

Amazing dive spot. Thousand of fish, club-tipped and white plumed anemone, and lots of playful sea lions. Sea Bass provided a great trip. 

Mysterious Object 60ft Down

October 5, 2013


World's Biggest Sea Cave

October 5, 2013

Painted Cave, Santa Cruz Island


October 5, 2013

Circling for fish guts

Making a friend at Yellowtail Point

October 5, 2013

Catalina Island, July 27, 2013