Our First Post-COVID Overnight Trip

On June 9th, we made our first overnight trip aboard the Bottom Scratcher. Although the weather didn't cooperate and we did not make it to Santa Barbara Island, we had a blast at Catalina Island.

4/8/21 Webinar - Understanding Marine Weather and Forecast

Learn how to decipher weather terminology and use weather forecasts to determine the conditions at your favorite dive site.

April 8, 2021 from 7pm to 8pm

2021 Ocean Safari T-shirts are Here!

The story behind the first design goes back more than 15 years ago, when a curious harbor seal pup swam up to Gabe to say hi at Anacapa Island. Years later Phoebe (our Divemaster candidate and talented artist) saw the picture of the harbor seal and drew a black and white illustration from it. Last year, she worked with our instructor/professional illustrator, Meg Itoh to revise and refine the illustration into this beautiful T-shirt design.

The second one was designed by one of our divers, Erica Yeung, six years ago. We used the monotone version of it for our T-shirts for the last few years. Now, with new printing technology, we can present to you all the original color version.

Thank you VAST for manufacturing these high quality T-shirts for us.

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Spot-fin porcupinefish (Diodon hystrix) is found in and around coral and rocky reefs at depths up to 445ft. There are 7 species in the genus Diodon; 4 are found in Mexican waters, 1 in the Atlantic, 1 in the Pacific and 2 in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This pair was photographed in Sea of Cortez, swimming after each other around a rock.

Playing with Underwater Puppies

Sea lions are the most playful of all the animals I have encountered in the sea. They are full of energy and curiosity! I can just play “Marco Polo” with them all day long. We are very lucky to have an abundant population of California sea lions here in our backyard. Have you ever played with them?