A fringehead waits patiently for a snack to float by.
A large mantis shrimp off the reef near Palos Verdes, California.
Kelp Forest at Santa Barbara Island
A female sheephead glides through the healthy kelp forest of Santa Barbara Island, California.
Santa Barbara Island Reef Scene
A risk of California spiny lobster in the reef near Santa Barbara Island, California.
Red Gorgonian Sea Fan
A red gorgonian sea fan and the surrounding giant kelp sway gently in the current of Santa Barbara Island, California.
Sea Fan in a Cave
A diver enters a cave at Santa Barbara Island, California.
Cabezon with Eggs
A male cabezon guards its clutch of eggs on the life encrusted structure of oil platform Elly/Ellen.
Southern Sea Palm
The intertidal zone of Catalina Island, full of algae including this southern sea palm.
Rish of Lobster
They must know lobster season is over. Catalina Island, California.
Divers near Underwater Wreck
A pair of divers investigate the wreck of the Humble SM-1 off the coast of Point Conception, California.
A large fish-eating anemone is a bright spot in the debris field of the Humble SM-1 wreck near Point Conception, California.
Scuba Diver at the Oil Rigs
A diver explores the anemone-covered structures of an offshore oil platform near Huntington Beach, California.
Red Gorgonian Sea Fan and Brittle Stars
A red gorgonian sea fan and the surrounding reef are covered in brittle stars off the coast of Santa Barbara Island, California.
California Sea Lions
A pair of California sea lions off the coast of Santa Barbara Island, California.
A pairs of mating Trionia festiva nudibranchs on the wreck of the Gambler near Long Beach, California.
Big-scale soldierfish remain eerily still in the engine room of the Carthaginian. Coastal Lahaina off the island of Maui, HI.
Swim-throughs and cool lava formations abound at First Cathedral off the coast of the island of Lanai, HI.
A school of raccoon butterflyfish greets me after visiting First Cathedral off the coast of Lanai, HI.
A unique lava tube formation has created this famous site called First Cathedral. Lanai, HI.
Swim-throughs and cool lava formations abound at Wash Rock off the coast of the island of Lanai, HI.
A school of bluestripe snappers near Wash Rock off the coast of Lanai, HI.
A diver patiently awaits her turn to enter a lava tube at a site called Wash Rock off the coast of Lanai.
Shallow-water snorkeling allows visitors to Maui to enjoy encounters like this.
A green turtle heading up for a breath of fresh air at the Mala Pier near Lahaina on the island of Maui, HI.
A remaining channel marker at the Mala Pier of Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.
A diver near the prop of the Carthaginian wreck off the coast of Lahaina on the island of Maui, HI.
A pair of pebbled butterflyfish near the stern of the Carthaginian off the coast of Lahaina. Maui, HI.
Looking down on the kelp forest during my safety stop at Catalina Island.
This lobster's days are numbered. Catalina Island, California.
This colorful nudibranch brightens reefs around Southern California.
Surrounded by mackerel on oil rig Eureka - Southern California.
Prince Island, California.
Wyckoff Ledge, San Miguel Island, California.
Gull Island, California.
Cruising across a high-ridged sandy patch in between kelp forests. Gull Island, California.
Purple hydrocoral amongst the towering kelp forest of Gull Island. It's rare in Southern California to encounter purple hydrocoral at such shallow depths.
Bird Rock, Catalina Island, California.
Giant Sea Bass
Crane Base, Catalina Island, California.
Flame reef, Santa Cruz Island, California.
Super macro looking top-down on its shell. San Miguel Island, California.
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.
Garibaldi and Eggs
Garibaldi protects its nest on oil platform Eureka - Huntington Beach, California.