Amazing Rocas Alijos - three lonely rocks rising up from the deep abyss in the middle of the Pacific Ocean 400 miles northwest of Cabo San Lucas. Underwater, the unique rock formation and pinnacles are teeming with a variety of fish… Cortes sea chub, clarion angelfish, male Mexican hog fish. How many different species of fish do you see?
California sea lions are found along the coast of southern Alaska to central Mexico, including the Gulf of California. They have ear flaps and large, broad front flippers. Males are larger and dark brown in color. Females and juveniles are lighter golden brown, and have slender bodies. These intelligent marine mammals are known for their playfulness and their loud barks. Those of us who dive in southern California don’t have to go too far to find them underwater. We can go on a day trip to Santa Barbara Island, where you are sure to be visited by playful pups and juveniles during the dives. If you need a little warmer water, you can fly just a few hours south to La Paz. They will be waiting for you to jump into the water. Our next Santa Barbara Island trip is in August, and we head to La Paz in March, 2020. Would you like to join us?
Still thinking back to April at Santa Cruz Island when 4 divers and I spent over 30 min face to face with a 6-ft, 400+lb black sea bass! Each of us had an eye to eye connection with the wise old gentle giant. We could sense its curiosity, and deeply felt the wisdom he held about the ocean. We left the encounter with so much more reverence and respect for the ocean and her inhabitants. What a magical moment! Have you had similar experiences with ocean creatures?
Photo by our resident nudibranch expert (geek) and instructor Megumi Itoh from 6/1/19 dive trip aboard the Peace Dive Boat to the west end of Santa Cruz Island. Spanish shawl (Flabellinopis iodinea) is one of the common nudibranchs you see in Southern California so some divers just brush them off as a common sight, but there are many of us who love their flamboyant appearance. When the lighting is just right, you can get a very dramatic photograph.