All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
2 minutes underwater exploring protected kelp forest along Catalina Island. Finally visited Catalina Island for a weekend escape after living in Santa Monica for 17 years (I think it’s been that long?) I did not realize chewing gum entrepreneur William Wrigley, a Chicagoan like myself, bought the island in 1919. Our beloved Chicago Cubs used to spring train in Avalon! Forty two thousand acres of Catalina are protected in the oldest Southern California private trust due to Wrigley. Nine marine protected areas have been established around the island since 2009 and they are magical. Bright orange garibaldi beckon to follow into undulating kelp forests. Purple soft corals tango with lime green grass revealing hiding spots for wolf eels and lobster. Kelp bass eye then dodge. Pure serenity, all safe from the human grasp. Shot on GoPro Hero 4 MUSIC by Lately Kind of Yeah Poindexter Specific Ocean From FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE.org
Daily Driving with Confidence - FALKEN TIRES COMMERCIAL
Had a blast stepping back in front of the camera to promote FALKEN all-weather ZIEX tires and driving electric! Falken tires handle all weather conditions, are durable, have excellent tread life (tread life warranty is for 65,000 miles), and offer a smooth ride under any car, but especially on a high performance TESLA! May this testimonial serve to promote Falken tires while flying around mountain roads in a hot red EV. : ) ENJOY!
Each time I dive down to fluid, underwater adventures I hope to rendezvous with a giant. My dream meeting came true in Mexico and it was transcendent! Whale sharks hover around 150 feet, then surface with their 3 foot wide mouths ajar, filter feeding on plankton, small fish and krill. Thus their name whale, otherwise they are the largest, friendliest sharks in the ocean, each with their own unique spots and stripes. I felt some guilt for crashing their mealtime, though I kept a safe 3 meter distance. Whale shark numbers have dwindled due to entrapment in gillnets, illegal fishing, finning, collision with boats, and death by ingestion of floating debris. Eco-tourism is also on the rise (impacts are being studied) and though habituation to humans is unlikely, they’ve been known to breach under unsuspecting swimmers, like my husband, who promised his name was not Jonah. *Be sure to go with reputable outfitters who do not lure in the fish with feed. Music by smallertide Album: All Along the Northern Evening The Boats We’ve Been On From the Free Music Archive CC BY NC
You and Me Under the Sea
It had been a couple years since my husband and I dove in the Channel Islands off Ventura, California. I was visiting Russian Gulch in Mendocino recently and learned the kelp was dying most likely from warming waters due to climate change. I wondered how the Channel Islands were faring. So I booked a trip with Raptor Dive to explore Anacapa Island (Cathedral Cove, Cat & Rat Rock). Kelp forests are magical dancers in the currents. Discovered endemic pelagic nudibranch--wild, alien-like creatures….played with a sheep head, locked eyes with lots of garibaldi and giant kelp fish. Glorious!
Manta Ray Ballet
Koie Ray like so many sea creatures got a fish hook lodged in her eye with line deeply embedded around her cephalic lobe, which she uses to feed. She approached divers off Kona, Hawaii seeking help. They released her from her pain but Doctors could not cure the badly infected left lobe. Koie survived the trauma and always returns to the same site dazzling visiting divers with her camp fire dance.