Category Archives: Report

The Health of Point Lobos State Underwater Reserve: Cause for Concern?

For a number of reasons mostly having to do with dive reports mentioning urchin barrens,¬† I have not been an enthusiastic diver of my perceived local underwater paradises, Monterey and Carmel Bays, over the last…

Onset of Sea Star Wasting Event in CenCal Being Tracked by UCSC

A mysterious wasting event of numerous species of sea stars is currently occurring in parts of Central California. Scientists at UC Santa Cruz have created a couple pages to track the event. They are encouraging¬†…

Invasive Round Gobies off the Oshawa / Bomanville shoreline (Lake Ontario)

Winston Stairs, one of the regular readers of this site, recently submitted this report to me. He previously reported on Bloody Red Shrimp. If my research is accurate, my report (below) is the first to…

Sometimes When You Sweat The Small Stuff The Big Stuff Swims Right Up To You

by Jonathan Lavan I have been diving and exploring the undersea realm for more then twenty years. I thought I had just about seen it all. About five years ago I starting diving with the…

Fort Ross, California Abalone and Urchin Survey

by Greg Holzer Sea Urchin and Abalone transect surveys in northern California Photo Credit: Shannon Fitzgerald. The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), leads red abalone and red sea urchin density surveys each year…

“State of U.S. Coral Reefs” Reports for Libraries, Labs

from Coral_list 8 August 2006: In August 2005, NOAA announced the availability of a report entitled: The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2005. This report represents…

The Octopus Tattoo

original posting 2005-11-2 I floated 55 ft below the surface of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, sketching a beige sculpin that I did not recognize, when I saw a strand of red kelp drifting…

Wrecks as Bioclutter

The seemingly infinite amounts of plastic and aluminum we produce, as well as the extinction of so many other species, are now forming a geological layer that will certainly bemuse intelligences a billion years hence,…

Report from the ChanneI Islands, S. Calif: Tending the Eelgrass Garden

(first posted Feb. 2005) After the pounding 2-hour trip across the Channel on the 26-ft “Magic,” we anchor at Frenchy’s Cove and quickly don scuba gear. The water is so clear we see the gray…