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  • This is one of those places that if you captured it in a painting, it would look surreal and tacky. Burnt orange island with a contrast of colours on cobalt blue water

      This morning I woke up to my alarm and looked out my porthole. It was dark with the smallest hint of orange in the eastern sky. I trundled up to grab a cup of coffee with the rest of the crew. At 6:15 we had the cages in the water and the sky was brightening. By 7am the sun was well into the sky shining off the raw cliffs of Isla de Guadalupe. The burnt orange island cast a contrasting reflection of colors on the cobalt blue water. This is one of those places that if you were to…

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  • Alaska season is over but Guadalupe white sharks is starting.

    Location: San Diego, California  –  Guadalupe Island I’m sad to report that our Alaska scuba diving season is done and complete.   We had a great summer and I personally had a fabulous time and was able to get a dive in most days.   My favourite memories include dropping down to the bottom of the wreck of the Transpac at 285 feet in crystal clear water, discovering smudge diving and introducing a bevy of guests to the wonders of diving around dense schools of aggregating jelly fish, diving  the very seldom visited Solander Island on the rugged west coast of…

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  • Guest Blog 14 July 2009

    Point Adolphus and Icy Strait, southeast Alaska I saw a wolf eel on a wall today. And when he left his spot he went phhhssssshhhhtt straight down. Howard I saw 3 orange peel nudibranchs in a row that were the size of  footballs. My computer showed 42 degrees but Captain Mike doesn’t  believe me (I figure 44 degrees minimum – Captain Mike). I had a single sole moon jelly accompany me on my safety stop. And then I saw a puffin on the surface. Ann The wolf eel was a pretty amazing thing because it was a dark wall with the wolfie laid out in a serpentine fashion…

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  • Guest Blog 2 July 2009

    Saw lots of coral today all over the walls – orange, white, red, pink.  There were also tons of nudibranchs. I got a picture today of a sea otter in the foreground, a whale spouting behind it and beautiful snowy mountains in the background.  Where else can you see that. Robbie I saw a snail laying eggs in a circular pattern and lots of good sized nudibranch egg masses. Susan’s Hooters were spectacular and well named. Rick Safety stop in 2 metre surge at “Dog Pile”  was fun…. (named for the stellar sealions who often swim by and frequent this site). Simon Petit tour en bateau pneumatique pour filmer…

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  • Guest Blog 30 June 2009

    Breaching humpback whales, sea otters and stellar sealions. I loved the sea otter, the sea otter was sooo gorgeous.. he was scratching here there and everywhere, front legs, back legs, face and nose!!! – Dobby Humpback whales breaching, tail lobbing and generally hanging out for ages, a grizzly bear, sea otters, bald eagles, sea lions and a Fab dive site all in one day. Life does not get much better !! YES – jackie All the breaching humpbacks are starting to get in the way of all the diving !!! Isn’t life a bummer (British humour) – Simon La technique du “bubble-net feeding” (elles entourent leurs proies avec…

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  • Guest Blog 21 June 2009

    Jim Kozmik. Blue Realm TV. Diving for 38 years. I have been attacked by anything and everything in the ocean. Stung, bit and run over by whales. In previous dives I’ve had a lot of fun with sealions. But these particular sealions today, these guys decided to test the strength of neoprene rubber. Grabbing on everything. Bopping me. Tugging on everything. They thought the 5 lb weight on my rebreather was a great new toy. I decided to ignore Captain Mike’s 60 minute rule and stay longer but that didn’t work. I got  mugged. Unique. Fantastic. I always like to interact with marine life. I got great footage. Koz. This was by far my stellar dive both figuratively and…

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  • Wild and adventuresome scuba diving at Solander Island

    Location: Solander Island, Brooks Peninsula, west coast Vancouver Island,  British Columbia, Canada So who in their right mind would dive Solander Island? Following is  the description of Solander in the British Columbia south coast sailing directions  –  shores are rocky and mountains rise abruptly to elevations in excess of 2000 feet. The continential shelf lies only 4 miles SW where depths increase steeply into Ououkinsh Canyon. Waters are some of the most hostile on the West Coast (of North America). Caution and respect for weather and sea conditions is required. Waters in this area can be very dangerous when conflicting currents meet accelerating winds. Ooooohhhhh.  Steeply descending canyon on…

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