Bouquet on Steel
Although it's mainly constructed of steel, nature finds a way to flourish on the oil platform "Eureka," located just offshore from Long Beach, California.
Looking down on the kelp forest during my safety stop at Catalina Island.
Prince Island, California.
Purple hydrocoral at Farnsworth Bank, California.
Surgy conditions at Santa Barbara Island.
A red octopus amongst the yellow zoanthids and purple hydrocoral of Farnsworth Bank - Catalina Island, California.
A giant kelpfish at home amongst the algae at Catalina Island, CA.
Wyckoff Ledge, San Miguel Island, California.
Red gorgonian sea fan and sea lion silhouette at Santa Barbara Island, California.
Surrounded by mackerel on oil rig Eureka - Southern California.
Diver at Isthmus Reef
Passing by a crevice in the reef.
San Clemente Island, California.
Giant-spined sea star at Bird Rock. Catalina Island, CA.
School of jack mackerel near Catalina Island, California.
Anemones on Eureka
Brittle stars, mussels, and Metridium senile anemones cling to a rope suspended far beneath the surface at the Eureka oil platform. Long Beach, CA.
Pelagic drifters like this salp, Leucothea pulchra, slowly glide by under the Eureka oil platform.
Rare encounter with a smooth hammerhead in San Diego, California.
Cormorant hunting fish at the oil rigs.
A massive school of jack mackerel surrounds my dive buddy at "The Arch" at Santa Barbara Island, California.
Drawn to the exquisite aroma of flesh caught in the thin ghost net, the hungry crab had no idea it was to be its next victim.
Growth on Eureka
A golden gorgonian sea fan sways in the current deep below the surface on the Eureka oil platform.
Bat ray in the shallows.
A cabezon moves in to protect its nest of eggs on oil rig Eureka.
A diver checks out a moon jelly after a dive at Eagle Rock.
Rays of light plunge into the depths, gently reflecting off a beautiful blue shark moving silently through the ocean.
Sea Fan Cavern
Colorful gorgonian sea fans line the inside of a small cave at a site called White Rock at Catalina Island.
Colorful growth on the Eureka oil platform.
Torpedo Ray Silhouette
Pacific electric ray slowly glides over the pinnacles of Farnsworth Banks.
A Norris' top snail clings to a blade of giant kelp near the surface at Ironbound Cove, Catalina Island, California.
The sea was thick with blacksmith at Sentinel Rock.
Colorful sponges and sea fans line the bottom of "The Arch" at San Clemente Island.
Dive Boat Split
The dive boat Peace at Santa Barbara Island.
Female sheephead over a southern sea palm.
Single salp with released chain falling to the ocean floor.
A kelp crab greets me as I make my safety stop at Santa Barbara Island, CA.
Photobomb by a female sheephead in this cabezon portrait.
Colorful urchins adorn a wall at Anacapa Island.
Diver and Purple Hydrocoral
Purple hydrocoral at Farnsworth Bank, Catalina Island.
Reef scene at Empire Landing.
Reef scene at Empire Landing.
Senorita at the Dive Park
A senorita poses in front of a large sea fan at the Dive Park at Catalina Island.
A giant plumose anemone (Metridium farcimen) growing on an oil rig at 110 feet. In southern California these are typically found below 90 feet. You can see the other side of the oil rig structure through the clear blue water.
Cabezon and Kelp Rockfish
A tranquil cabezon and a curious kelp rockfish greet me on the oil rigs near Huntington Beach, CA.
Sea grass sways in the surge at Shaw's Cove in Laguna Beach, CA.
A lone garibaldi glances up toward the sun as it sets over the cliffs above San Clemente Island.
Miles from the nearest island, this drifting kelp is home to thousands of juvenile fish, barnacles, and other tiny critters. 4000 feet of water separates it from the bottom of the sea floor.
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