Adventures in marine science in changing times

Judith Connor earned her Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley with research conducted at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panamá. She has explored the ocean from research ships and sailboats and underwater using SCUBA, submersibles, robots, and living in a habitat. She has participated in expeditions to Hawai’i, Monterey Bay, the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Aegean Seas, New Zealand, Fiji, Africa, and the Canary Islands, and dove under ice 20 feet thick in Antarctica. She has taught marine botany at UC Berkeley, Stanford University and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


Join us at 6:30 at the Crazy Horse Restaurant at the Bay Park Hotel on Munras in Monterey.  Better yet,

come at 6:00 and enjoy dinner with us. Crazy Horse has a great salad bar, or order off the menu!

Last Updated (Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:34)


Club Dive, Saturday, February 24th, 8:30 a.m. – Stillwater Cove, Pebble Beach

Have you ever gotten felt the accursed mal de mer on a dive boat making the run from Monterey to Carmel Bay? If your captains were merciful, they would have likely ducked into the site of our February club dive to give upset stomachs a moment to settle and divers a chance to finish gearing up before jumping into the blue-green waters bracketing the dramatic pinnacles of Carmel Bay.

The site has a name, Stillwater Cove, and it’s near the Pebble Beach Beach Club (duck if you hear “fore!”) Stillwater is a very protected dive spot with many different dives contained within the cove. Standing on the beach you can see Pescadero Point to the right and Arrowhead Point to the left. There is a stairway leading to a small sandy beach where you can launch small inflatables and kayaks. If you have a boat or kayak, you can head out almost due West (Off to the right) about a mile to the Monterey Pinnacles. This is a group of three pinnacles in the open ocean which are the most popular boat dives in the Monterey area.

Stillwater cove is recognized for its relatively undisturbed marine environment. Due to the sensitivity of this habitat, only 10 divers a day are allowed access. The Beach and Tennis Club provides the coastal access from sunrise to sunset, and there is a $10 gate fee to gain access into Pebble Beach. Once you are done diving, you should plan to drive the entire world-famous 17 Mile Drive loop!

Directions: Located in the heart of Pebble Beach, the drive here is worth the effort, even if you are not going to dive! Drive South of Carmel on Highway 1 to Ocean Ave. Take Ocean Ave West and turn right on San Antonio Ave. Wind your way North until you find yourself on Carmel Way. You will soon intersect with the famous 17 Mile Drive. A gate guard will welcome you and relieve you of some money for the privilege of hobnobbing with the Rich and Famous. Travel North West for about 1 mile, and turn left on Palmero Way. Travel approximately 1/2 mile and then make a left on to Cypress Drive for about 1/8 of a mile which ends at Stillwater Cove.





Club Dive, Saturday, March 24th, 8:30 a.m. – Butterfly House, Carmel


Butterfly House is located at the intersection of Scenic Road and Stewart Way in Carmel by the Sea. There is a large expensive house there with an odd roof that resembles a butterfly perched on the rocks overlooking a small cove. Parking is on the street and then we access the beach by an eroding goat path down to the water. There are no restrooms at this site so if you are diving dry you may want to stop in to the port-a-potty just located along the road in at Carmel River Beach.


We will meet up at the intersection and observe conditions before doing a briefing and gearing up. The shallow cove is not kelped-in this time of year but the goat path to the water is not for the meek so it is one of the more difficult dives we will attempt this year. However, the site is beautiful and one of the nicest shore dives in Carmel. There are very large granite pinnacles and chutes to explore. There are large and abundant fish species here as well as lots of invertebrate life. This is a good dive to bring your camera and, if the visibility looks promising, a wide angle lens.


If this site is not diveable, we will retreat to our backup site, San Carlos Beach. Please post on Facebook if you are attending and if we do change the dive location we will post on Facebook and you can be notified of the change.


Last Updated (Wednesday, 14 February 2018 22:07)

After Work Dive, Saturday, March 10th, 6:30 p.m. San Carlos Beach, Monterey

Ok, ok, it's San Carlos Beach. We've all dived there, it's where most of us likely learned to dive and where we go when everywhere else is blown out. We know it like the back of our hands. But this time will be different.

We will be doing a night dive and night dives here are pretty epic. We have come across some interesting and uncommon species like swell sharks, sailfin sculpins, masked pricklebacks, tree fish, vermillion rockfish and even a California spiny lobster. The breakwater has a wide variation of observed species and during the day these usually hide in the extensive maze of riprap that comprise the man-made structure, but at night these hidden species make their way out to forage.

Make sure to bring two lights and a tank marker light. After the dive, we often recount the nights events at a local pub/restaurant. 
 See you there!

General Guidelines for After Work & Night Dives: To participate in after work dives or night dives, divers must carry a minimum of two lights, one main light and one marker light (usually
attached to the tank valve). The dive must be terminated if a person experiences a malfunction of his/her light(s). That is why carrying three lights is strongly recommended so that dive team can continue the dive if one diver’s light ceases to function. For everyone’s diving pleasure, the club would like to thank all participants for adhering to these recommendations for club dives.

If you haven't been in the water for a while, or have not been diving in Monterey, we strongly encourage you to visit one of our local dive shops and take a refresher course before diving with us.

After Work Dives are scheduled the 2nd Friday of each month.

Some exceptions exist, so check the newsletter for the date and location of our upcoming dive. All dives are announced on our Facebook page: Monterey Bay Sea Otters Dive Club.

Please note that we meet, geared up and ready to dive at 6:30 pm unless otherwise noted on our Facebook page. All divers are required to have a primary and backup dive lights. A tank marker light is also suggested.

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Last Updated (Wednesday, 14 February 2018 22:08)

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