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After a lot of hard work and a lot of fun with the best crew ever, we can finally say we made it! Thank you to an incredible course director @divegal We couldn't have done it without you! What an awesome feeling to now have the ability to make people's dreams come true! Let's go diving!
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#oceanenterprisesdiveteam #IDC #padiheadquarters #scubadiving #instructors #padiinstructor #divecalifornia #sandiego #letsgodiving #makedreamscometrue #decemberincalifornia 🤙🏽

snazzy few dives in the Californian kelp forest to finally wrap up my birthday festivities ⛴🐠 thank you to everyone who spoiled the hell out of me 💋 #divecalifornia #firstcoldwaterdive
#FISHIES #wherethecoralsthoo

Dived the super cool squid run tonight with @maustin2020 and Mike Couffer. Looking through pix and videos from my iPhone (in a #krakensports housing) and found some interesting behavior. Do you see an egg candle developing? Fun dive!#squidporn #divecalifornia #uwphotography #squidsoup #calamari

I love teal thread... And I cannot lie.🎶 #madeinhawaii #spearfishing #divecalifornia

Portrait of the worlds most magnificent mollusk #abalone #glisteningabs #waterlust #divecalifornia

Garibaldi! If you dive in Cali you recognize two of the most common sights... Our bright orange state fish and our once abundant giant kelp. Interesting story about the kelp... We killed the sea otters, the urchins they feed on multiplied out of control and ate all the kelp feet, depleting the forests. But the sea otters are now making a comeback, so watch over the next couple decades to *hopefully* see our kelp forests flourishing (and getting caught on all the sailors' props😓) #freedive #giantkelp #divecalifornia #garibaldifish

Off to Catalina Island for our final day of our Advanced Open Water Course. First dive is the Cavern. @morgantdaniels @tsunami_bjj @ouanoint1999 #divecatalina #divecatalinaisland #diveadventures #divecalifornia #godiving

From yesterday's dive. There is nothing better than being surrounded by and appreciating all of this natural beauty ⚡️🌎⚡️ #divecalifornia #anacapaisland #waterbaby #scuba @channelislandsnps

Got my fin bitten by a sea otter, swam through a minefield of jellyfish and got to explore some kelp fields. I would say my first California dive went well 👌🏻 #Monterey #divecalifornia #novisibility #Scuba

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Dived the super cool squid run tonight with @maustin2020 and Mike Couffer. Looking through pix and videos from my iPhone (in a #krakensports housing) and found some interesting behavior. Do you see an egg candle developing? Fun dive!#squidporn #divecalifornia #uwphotography #squidsoup #calamari

After a lot of hard work and a lot of fun with the best crew ever, we can finally say we made it! Thank you to an incredible course director @divegal We couldn't have done it without you! What an awesome feeling to now have the ability to make people's dreams come true! Let's go diving!
PADI dive instructor ✔️
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#oceanenterprisesdiveteam #IDC #padiheadquarters #scubadiving #instructors #padiinstructor #divecalifornia #sandiego #letsgodiving #makedreamscometrue #decemberincalifornia 🤙🏽

Morro Bay residents (of all species) are downwind from the #ThomasFire today. A study on sea otters exposed to Big Sur wildfires in 2008 found evidence of exposure to carcinogens and reduced immune function. Life in California is inextricably linked to wildfire. If more frequent fires and longer fire seasons are the future, how will species adapt?

I can say with certainty that if you’re close enough to take a selfie with wild sea otters, you are TOO CLOSE. Respect the space wild animals need to rest, forage, and care for their young. Is your selfie more important than the heath and well-being of the sea otters (including three moms with pups) in this raft? Instead, let’s all choose to be good stewards of our fellow beings and observe from a gentle distance. #noselfieswithwildlife

View from the top

Sea Otter Savvy paddlin’ for the otters at today’s holiday #PaddleParade in Morro Bay. People power only—no motors allowed!

Fish in the kelp. Yup, that’s all I got for a caption ✌🏼

Respect the nap (and the nurse). Taken from shore with a 300 mm lens without disturbing this vital moment between mother and pup. #respectthenap

The amazing @heirstoouroceans sets the bar high for a #brainbreak during the CA Coastal Wildlife Disturbance Symposium. Attendees are playing the ocean version of #rockpaperscissors: urchin-otter-shark!

Attendees of the 3rd Annual Central CA Coastal Wildlife Disturbance Symposium take their lunch break with a view of the whales, harbor seals, and cormorants of Monterey Bay. This event hosted more than 60 people from over 20 agencies and organizations tasked with reducing human-caused disturbance to wildlife. 11 speakers presented and prompted problem-solving discussion on a range of topics. We are #strongertogether working to protect wildlife! Join us! #respectwildlife

What is Sea Otter Savvy thankful for? All the volunteers who donate their time to make the world a better, more peaceful place for sea otters. Thank you team, and #HappyThanksgiving !

What feels better after a big meal than a nap and a stretch? Sea otters are the champions of both—I’ll bet most of you can’t do a 360 roll in the water without getting any of your warm, dry extremities wet! Thanks, Otto, for demonstrating this classic sea otter move! Practice your napping and stretch for #thanksgiving #respectthenap

Mysterious and dangerous

Sometimes it’s necessary to go over old photo albums again. New perspectives develop with time, and they need to be applied to pictures you might have overlooked.
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#uwphotographer, #uwphotos, #uwphotographyguide, #divingphotography, #divecalifornia, #kelp, #kelpdiving, #kelpforest, #liveandletdive, #eatsleepdiverepeat, #divessi, #deeperblue, #aqualung, #atomicaquatics, #canon, #kellonspencerphotography

Don’t be these guys. How would YOU be more #seaottersavvy in this situation?
Give sea otters (and all wildlife) plenty of space—approach NO CLOSER than 5 lengths of your kayak!
Avoid pointing your boat directly at them. By keeping your distance and passing by parallel, you are less threatening.
PAY ATTENTION. Notice if they’re reacting to you. If they’re looking at you you’re too close. If they are swimming away from you you’ve caused a disturbance and violated 2 federal laws.
Close encounters with wildlife may seem cool and desirable, but take the otter’s perspective. Think of the stress and wasted energy avoiding strangers encroaching on your bedroom!

Lobster trap

feeling crabby about not being underwater at all this week 🦀

No complaints here. Any day out on the water beats being on land.

Thank You Divers and Snorkelers we made a lot of new friends today. Met people who are going places today. To name a few. #divetulum #divepalau #divephilippines #divebonaire #diveredsea #divecalifornia All in one day wow !!!!And that’s a wrap !!! Have a great Saturday Night

Looking behind the lens, one often finds a photographer drifting through the dancing kelp!
Anyone getting in the water this weekend?
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#kelpforest #freediving #kelp #underwaterphoto #divelife

We are taking our savvy to school! Young people are not only our heirs to the 🌎 and the challenges we leave them, they are influencers and activists of today. These kids care passionately for sea otters and our school visit program offers them new ways to appreciate sea otters and tools to be sea otter savvy community members. Learn more about our youth program by clicking the link in our profile. #kidpower

Remember to respect all wildlife. Harry the Sea Otter Savvy beagle knows not to chase sea or shorebirds. Take a sandpiper POV: just minding your business foraging for sandcrabs and suddenly a giant predator comes charging after you! Scary! Be Seabird and Shorebird Savvy and respect beach closures that protect their nesting and roosting areas. #seabirdprotectionnetwork #seabirds #shorebirds

Otto in his domain. Learn more about Otto's story in our previous post.

Yesterday we visited Otto in his territory in Morro Bay. In May, a lethargic and disoriented adult male was brought to @themarinemammalcenter and diagnosed with domoic acid toxicity. Domoic acid is produced by the marine alga Pseudo-nitzschia australis, which accumulates in some of the prey sea otters (and humans) consume, like clams and crabs. This toxin attacks the brain causing lethargy, seizures, and potentially, death. Little is known about how it affects sea otters. Given the name "Otto", he was treated, given color-coded flipper tags, and outfitted with a radio transmitter and state-of-the-art life history tag to help researchers better understand this condition. Released back to Morro Bay in September, he seems to have taken up residence as a territorial male. Thanks for posing for us, you handsome Otto, you!

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Up bright and early to hit the water in #monterey 🐠 Slept over night in the back of a box van and woke up to this gorgeous view #freedivelife _______________________________________________________#freedive #freediving #freediver #diver #divecalifornia #montereybay #breakwater #californiacoast #californiadreamin #travel #girlswhotravel #nomad

A tank fish in its natural habitat surveying its surroundings #pointlobos #rossfish

Your own life, or your band’s, or even your species’ might be owed to a restless few—drawn, by a craving they can hardly articulate or understand, to undiscovered lands and new worlds. - Carl Sagan.
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#carlsagan, #wanderers, #explorers, #seekadventure, #explorethedepths, #adventureiscalling, #findtheunknown, #exploretheocean, #scuba, #underwaterphotography, #canon, #sigma, #kellonspencerphotography, #cavediving, #channelislands, #divecalifornia, #seaandsea, #barewetsuits, #seetheworldthroughmyeyes

The community of Morro Bay rallied to save this otter. One person with a gun took her away. Got info? Report to CalTIP 888-334-2258. Let's bring this killer to justice! Read more about this story of a town's journey to change its heart in the link in our profile. Photo by Mike Harris, CDFW of sea otter 741 (center) in the wild after her rehabilitation. #wildlifecrime

snazzy few dives in the Californian kelp forest to finally wrap up my birthday festivities ⛴🐠 thank you to everyone who spoiled the hell out of me 💋 #divecalifornia #firstcoldwaterdive
#FISHIES #wherethecoralsthoo

Community involvement is the key: Sea Otter Savvy takes a shift monitoring the behavior of a sea otter that has become trapped on the wrong side of a road by tide-regulated flood gates. The volunteers on call for monitoring come from the local neighborhood, Elkhorn Slough Reserve, Moss Landing Marine Labs, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and staff from US Fish and Wildlife Service and CA Department of Fish and Wildlife. Our data will hopefully help us to better understand sea otter behavior near roadways with a goal of creating safer corridors. The fencing, installed by Monterey County Public Works, prevents crossing attempts at the riskiest places. Sea otters are part of the Moss Landing community, and it will take a community to protect them. #ittakesavillage #wildlifecorridors

Stoked to check out Coral Street in Pacific Grove today with @mekaialyo & @aaronsmith_h2o! Can’t complain about the bay looking like a lake, allowing us to get to some sites we haven’t done before! #pacificgrove #montereybay #monterey #divecalifornia #coldwater #pacificocean #scuba #newdivesite

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