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April 2020

California Brown Pelicans

2020-04-03T12:23:07+00:00

Brown Pelican - Pelicans occidentalis On Scuba San Diego’s “Snorkel Adventure” ( www.snorkeladventure.com) the Brown Pelican is often doing a low-at-the- surface flyby of us on our way to the La Jolla Sea Caves.  Was Listed as an endangered species June 2, 1970 and it was delisted on November 17, 2009.  Interestingly the symbol of the [...]

California Brown Pelicans 2020-04-03T12:23:07+00:00

March 2020

Echinoderms

2020-03-31T12:19:19+00:00

Purple Sea Urchins – Stongylocentrotus purpuratu Red Sea Urchins – Strongylocentrotus franciscanus   From British Columbia to Central Baja California Snorkelers or Divers often encounter Sea Urchins.  Reds range from Alaska to Cedros Island Baja Sur.  They are capable of creating a depression in the rocky bottom which the form by using the spine and [...]

Echinoderms 2020-03-31T12:19:19+00:00

Hopkins’ Rosy Nudibranch

2020-03-31T11:47:14+00:00

Hopkins’ Rosy Nudibranch – Hopkinsia rosacea (dorid)   Whether on Scuba San Diego’s Snorkel Adventure Tour or one of its guided SCUBA activities it is almost impossible not to see this beautiful nudibranch.  Its shaggy appearance and beautiful pink/reddish coloration make it hard to miss.  It is going to be about an inch long when mature. They [...]

Hopkins’ Rosy Nudibranch 2020-03-31T11:47:14+00:00

Swimming Ability Requisite for a La Jolla Cove Ecological Reserve Snorkel Adventure

2020-03-27T15:32:30+00:00

Of course knowing how to swim is an absolute requirement for anyone swimming in the ocean and San Diego’s La Jolla Cove Ecological reserve is no exception. But, I am a weak swimmer, can I use a life vest or other swim aide?   No! San Diego City Lifeguards prohibit the use of any life vests [...]

Swimming Ability Requisite for a La Jolla Cove Ecological Reserve Snorkel Adventure 2020-03-27T15:32:30+00:00

Brandt’s Cormorant – Phalacrocorax penicillatus

2020-03-27T15:16:32+00:00

Diving and snorkeling San Diego’s La Jolla Cove Ecological Reserve we often see the Brandt’s Cormorant both on the cliffs, in the air and underwater.  The “Cove” often has flocks of several hundred of these diving shore birds as more or less permanent residents. There are several reasons for this.  As a ecological reserve there [...]

Brandt’s Cormorant – Phalacrocorax penicillatus 2020-03-27T15:16:32+00:00

Harbor Seal

2020-03-27T14:55:43+00:00

Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina) This common seal often accompanies our snorkelers on the swim from the beach at the Cove to the La Jolla Sea Caverns or appears unexpectedly while we are snorkeling with our guests.  There are five subspecies in other geographic areas of this common seal found on the west coast of North [...]

Harbor Seal 2020-03-27T14:55:43+00:00