While snapping wildly at escaping scuba bubbles, a young Western gull (Larus occidentalis) investigates the food potential of its strange visitor by biting at the dome port of the camera housing. 2018. Monterey, CA, USA.
A male northern kelp crab (Pugettia producta) strikes an aggressive posture to defend its anemone-encrusted turf. 2017. Monterey, CA, USA
A kelp rockfish (Sebastes atrovirens) floats among blades of algae within a protected Californian kelp forest. 2016. Carmel, CA, USA
Lord of the Lings
A large lingcod (Ophiodon elongatus) rest at the bottom of the kelp forest after migrating up from the depths to spawn. 2015. Carmel, CA, USA.
Featuring the pink hues of coralline algae and smatterings of other colorful life, a large rock reaches to the surface in the shallows of a kelp forest. 2017. Carmel, CA, USA.
A fish-eating anemone (Urticina piscivora) crowns the top of an invertebrate-encrusted rock near the edge of the Monterey Canyon.
2017. Carmel, CA, USA
A copper rockfish (Sebastes caurinis) puts an old abandoned pipe into reuse as a hidey hole. 2018. Monterey, CA, USA
Urchinway to Heaven
Hordes of purple urchins (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) cover a rock as they eat their way through the kelp forest. 2017. Carmel, CA, USA.
A typical reef in the protected waters of Point Lobos State Reserve harbors an abundance of colorful life, including fish like the kelp rockfish (Sebastes atrovirens). 2015. Carmel, CA, USA.
All Hail the Sea Hare!
A buddy pair of divers investigate a California sea hare (Aplysia californica) as it appears to rear while being swept back and forth in surge. 2015. Carmel, CA, USA.