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Videos from single-day and multi-day dive trips in our home waters of Southern California

Cold and Green on July 17, Palos Verdes on the Giant Stride

Palos Verde Peninsula, CA — July 2020

50 water and 10 foot visibility didn’t stop our intrepid group from spotting some nice nudibranchs and other tiny critters, and I had another special find with a rarely-seen-around-here Trapania velox at the very end of the last dive.

added 7/22/2020

4th of July on the Giant Stride

Palos Verde Peninsula, CA — July 2020

Another day out on the Giant Stride diving the reefs of Palos Verdes brought more nudibranchs, some teeny tiny amphipods, and lots of socially-distanced fun!

added 7/9/2020

June 26, 2020 on the Giant Stride

Palos Verde Peninsula, CA — June 2020

One of my best nudi spotting days in a long time! On this day on the Giant Stride our group spotted more than 20 species of nudibranchs in 3 dives in the Palos Verdes area, including the beautiful and rarely-seen Babakina festiva. Some teeny tiny crustaceans and a baby swell shark wiggling in its egg case rounded out a wonderful dive day.

added 6/29/2020

Diving Palos Verdes on the Giant Stride

Palos Verde Peninsula, CA — June 2020

Our favorite captain and good friend Jim took my Bill and me out on a private charter for a couple of dives off Palos Verdes. It was our first time in the water since February, and it was great to get our gills wet and visit some of the macro critters we both love!

added 6/4/2020

April 28, 2019 on the Giant Stride

Palos Verde Peninsula, CA — April 2019

A day trip to Hawthorne Reef and Biodome on the Giant Stride brought sightings of some of my favorite nudibranchs.

added 5/29/2020

Santa Cruz Island on the Vision

Northern Channel Islands, CA — September 2018

Weather prevented us from getting out to San Miguel Island for this annual 3-day dive trip on the Vision, but we found lots of fun subjects in the protected bays of California’s largest island.

added 5/29/2020

Diving Palos Verdes on the Giant Stride

Palos Verde Peninsula, CA — July 2018

International Polychaete Day seemed like a good excuse to go out for a day of diving on the Giant Stride, so out we went in search of polychaetes (segmented marine worms) and other tiny denizens of our offshore reefs.

added 5/29/2020

Santa Cruz Island on the Peace

Northern Channel Islands, CA — May 2018

Our curse against getting to Santa Barbara Island holds strong (we’ve still never been there!) as this day trip on the Peace was diverted to Santa Cruz Island instead. We still found plenty of nice macro subjects and even a pretty little horn shark to keep us happy.

added 5/29/2020

Channel Islands 3-Day on the Vision

Northern Channel Islands, CA — September 2017

Two days at rugged San Miguel Island plus stops at Santa Cruz and Anacapa Islands on the way back made for another wonderful multi-day trip on the dive boat Vision.

added 5/30/2020

Palos Verdes on the Giant Stride

Palos Verde Peninsula, CA — August 2017

We found lots of pretty nudibranchs and some other nice subjects on a day trip to Hawthorne Reef and White Point on the Giant Stride.

added 5/30/2020

Diving San Miguel Island on the Vision

San Miguel Island, Channel Islands, CA — September 2016

San Miguel is the westernmost of the Channel Islands and is often inaccessible due to wind and rough seas. The dive sites there are lush, rugged and beautiful, and often harbor subjects normally seen only at more northerly spots. We were fortunate to spend 3 full days there on the dive boat Vision with a great group of divers.

added 10/4/2016

Channel Islands 3-Day

Northern Channel Islands, CA — August 2016

Santa Cruz, San Miguel and Anacapa Islands on the excellent Peace Dive Boat, including both underwater shots and gorgeous drone footage provided by Immersed Imaging's Michael Zeigler.

added 9/1/2016

Three Days on the Peace

Northern Channel Islands, CA — August 2015

San Miguel and Santa Cruz Islands were the locations for this trip on on the Peace Dive Boat with Immersed Imaging. There we found a bunch of the types of colorful teeny tiny subjects that I love to shoot.

added 6/2/2020

San Miguel and Santa Cruz on the Conception

Northern Channel Islands, CA — April 2015

The highlight of this trip on the Conception with Immersed Imaging was the sighting of several large Dendronotus iris, also know as rainbow nudibranchs, which prey on tube anemones by sneaking up next to them and pouncing right into the middle, often getting pulled part way into the tube in the process.

added 6/2/2020

December 29, 2013 on the Giant Stride

Santa Monica Bay and Palos Verdes, CA — December 2013

Three of our favorite sites, Redondo Barge, Hawthorne Reef and Haggerty’s Crane, were the locations for this day trip on the Giant Stride.

added 6/2/2020

Macro Life of the Northern Channel Islands

Northern Channel Islands, CA — October 2013

This two-day trip on the Truth hit San Miguel, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Islands, where we found lots of cool little fish, nudibranchs and crustaceans, including California’s answer to ladybug amphipods.

added 6/2/2020

Diving Southern California: from Pinnipeds to Amphipods

Channel Islands, CA and the SoCal Coast — 2010-2012

Highlights of our Southern California dives from 2010 to 2012 featuring both large animal life and macro critters

added 6/1/2012

Crustaceans of California

Channel Islands, CA and the SoCal Coast — 2009-2010

A compilation video featuring a variety of crustaceans that can be found in Southern California waters, with footage shot in 2009 and 2010.

added 7/26/2010

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