One of the great things about diving in Puerto Galera is the variety of wrecks to explore.  There are several sunken ships just in the harbor that are full of amazing sea life and have great structure.  Two of these are the St. Christopher, also known as Anton’s wreck, and the Alma Jane, a Chinese MV cargo ship which was sunk purposely in 2003.


A small boat can be found in 70fsw at Monkey Beach, and several other large wrecks dot the coast.


Above, a diver explores the hull of a cargo ship.  Below, a diver hovers above the wreck.


There is plenty of structure for batfish to hide around.



There is a deep wreck called “Dry Dock” that was interesting because of it’s structure and because of the large sweetlips that made it home.  These sweetlips are in a cleaning station where they are being cleaned by cleaner wrasse.


Sometime in the 1620’s, a spanish galleon known as Nuestro Cenora De La Vida, sank on the shores of Verde Island.  The wreck has long since washed away, but the evidence of it’s demise can be found all along the shore of the island in the form of broken pieces of chinese pottery.  The dishes from the ship are still being washed ashore, and tourists can find pieces on their own, or purchase larger pieces from the local residents.  It is interesting to note that no one perished in the sinking of this ship, but the captain was hanged for his responsibility.


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Jelly Fish Soup!

The amazing and beautiful jellyfish is one of the more photogenic critters in the ocean.  It is really lovely to behold, until it stings you on the lip.  I find it surprising that I can be completely covered in neoprene except for my mouth, and the jelly fish can find that one bare spot to sting.  Luckily, it isn’t so potent that it affects my dive, except that I move deeper to get out of the jellyfish soup.


There are other beautiful pelagic floaties in the soup as well. This one was decorated with iridescent lights and beautiful innards and no stinging involved here!



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First Place!

Bluewater Photo in Culver City, California runs an annual underwater photography contest they call the So Cal Shootout.  In this shootout, participants are given a 36 hour period to take images and submit them for judging.  The photographs cannot be manipulated digitally, and can only have a few global changes made to them such as adjustments in contrast, exposure, and clarity.  No removal of backscatter is allowed and no cropping.  This year I entered eight photographs.  The judges smiled in my favor and awarded me first place in the open macro category for this image I took of an octopus eye.

Eye Candy

Eye Candy

Underwater photographers gathered during these three days to photograph everything from tiny nudibranchs to large schools of baitfish.  You can view all the winning photographs HERE.  Of course, there are many more images that didn’t win a place.  A few of my other entries can be seen below.

Hopkins Rose

Hopkins Rose

Envious Eyes Without a Face Reef Scene A Rose Among Thorns

Underwater Shootouts are a fun way to test your skills and get to know other underwater photographers.  Though the prizes are certainly a big motivation, just participating in the contest for the experience would be time well spent.

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Slug Bug! Another Nudiphile Episode

Introducing P. cremoniana!  While on a dive, searching for tiny critters, I came across this little fella, the likes of which I have never seen before.

Placida cremoniana

Placida cremoniana

Just in time for Halloween, this tiny critter makes its appearance in Southern California!  I have written an article that has been published in California Diver Magazine, so rather than reiterate the entire story here, I will refer you to the magazine, where you can read it in its entirety.  Suffice it to say that I am very pleased to have found the very first sea slug of it’s kind in Southern California.  This little guy originated in the Medeteranian, and has been found in the Western Pacific and also Mexico, but never as far north as California.

Placida cremoniana

My obsession with nudibranchs continues, even though this guy isn’t technically a nudibranch.  (It’s a sea slug)  It still has the beautiful colors that are typical of nudibranchs and the fascinating cerata and rhinophores, but lacks a gill plume.  It is unique.  And tiny.  It was no larger than the head of a pin, about 3 or 4 mm, although I have read they can get twice that size.  Still.  T  I  N  Y!

Placida Cremoniana

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