A tiny skeleton shrimp cling to eel grass at Veterns Park in Redondo Beach, California.
Schools of juvenile senorita and blacksmith stream down the wall at Keyhole at Islas Coronodas, just south of the US/Mexico border.
Sea lion pup
Playful sea lions at Lobster Shack at Islas Coronados.
Catriona columbiana nudibranch
A tiny Catriona columbiana nudibranch in the detrius patch at Veterans Park.
Still nestled in their egg sacs, these market squid are just days from hatching.
Colorful sponges and sea fans line the bottom of "The Arch" at San Clemente Island.
A tiny bluebanded goby (~2") poses patiently for me on the reef. Although a bit sinister looking, these small fish are quite skittish.
A pair of sheepcrabs mating in the surfgrass at Catalina Island.
Bat Ray Portrait
Huge bat rays gather in the sandy shallows to feast on crustaceans, mollusks, and small fish. This particular ray had a wingspan of at least four feet.
Sea Fan Cavern
Colorful gorgonian sea fans line the inside of a small cave at a site called White Rock at Catalina Island.
Sun beams pierce the thick kelp canopy at Rock Quarry off the coast of Catalina Island, California. It was stunning to witness the light dancing on the sea floor.
A large California moray peers out from its shelter deep within a crevice.
The Piper Warrior wreck at Catalina Island.
A barnacle feeds in the currents flowing past the oil rigs.
Mola Mola and Diver
A cooperative Pacific Sunfish (mola mola) cruises through oil rig "Elly" near Long Beach, CA.
Curious garibaldi check out a giant-spined sea star at the entrance to "The Crevice" at Shaw's Cove.
This Mutton snapper was just begging to have its picture taken.
A tranquil cabezon and a curious kelp rockfish greet me on the oil rigs near Huntington Beach, CA.
Hundreds of market squid gather to mate and lay their eggs before they perish on the sea floor. While spawning, the males' arms blush red as he embraces the female; a warning to other competing males to back-off.
Large male sheephead patrol their territories on the oil rigs. This guy was just begging to have his portrait taken.
Female sheephead at the oil rigs.
Juvenile Treefish at Crescent Bay.
This curious little kelp bass was just begging to have his portrait taken. Oh, and he's waving.
A tiny proliferating anemone (~1cm) clings to a bladder of giant kelp, high above the sea floor. Point Loma, California.
A yellowfin fringehead peeks out of its home at Point Loma, near San Diego, California.
Garibaldi in the dive park at Casino Point, Catalina Island.
An army of bonito pursue the bait ball, while a pair of snappers look on.
A small fried-egg jelly is highlighted by the bright sun and clear water at Santa Barbara Island, California.
A river of bait fish and the charging bonito.
Downward Spiral. This colorful feeding plume of a tiny Christmas Tree worm was just 1cm in diameter. Anacapa Island, California.
Mating squid at Catalina Island. They are about 8" long.
The vast expanse of the oil rig "Eureka." Looking up from 80'.
Tiny blue-ring topsnail at Santa Cruz Island, California.
Spanish Shawl nudibranch (Flabellina iodinea) on a bed of unknown tube worms, Old Marineland, Palos Verdes, California.
Single salp with released chain falling to the ocean floor. Shaw's Cove, Laguna Beach, California.
A sea lion cruises by a colorful wall of anemones. Los Islotes. La Paz, Mexico.
Bat ray in the shallows. Diver's Cove, Laguna Beach, California.
Juvenile flatfish use this fried-egg jelly as protection until they mature enough to swim to the ocean floor. Off shore Palos Verdes, California.