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, Friday, January 27th, 8:30 a.m. – Otter Cove, Pacific Grove

Our club dive will be at Otter Cove this month. We will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the parking lot on Ocean View Blvd near the intersection of Sea Palm. There is a small lot there that holds a half-dozen cars where the road turns. There are stone stairs that lead down to a sandy beach. Depending on conditions we will dive out along the point or towards Lovers Cove. You can typically see everything from nudibranches, crabs, greenlings, perch, lots of rockfish, harbor seals, and monkey faced prickelbacks.

Last Updated (Thursday, 18 January 2018 22:10)

After Work Dive, Saturday, February 9th, 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 (Thursday, 18 January 2018 22:09)

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