June 14, 2021

Into the Blue: All About the Blue Whale 

This is the last of three articles on how to identify whales commonly seen off the California coast. Humpbacks were featured last month and grays before that; this month we feature the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus). All three are baleen whales — Mysticeti. Their cousins the toothed whales, which include sperm whales and orcas, are known as Odontoceti. Humpbacks and gray whales breach frequently, allowing topside watchers to see nearly their entire bodies. Blue whales rarely breach, however, and those seeking to identify them must […]

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Fond Farewells: A Tribute to Bonnie Cardone

In this issue of California Diving News, we say farewell to one of our own, CDN’s  longtime contributing editor Bonnie Cardone. When news of Bonnie’s death circulated through the scuba diving industry, many of Bonnie’s longtime friends, colleagues and dive buddies shared notes and remembrances telling of her influence on their lives. We’re pleased to share them with you here, as a testimonial to Bonnie’s lasting contribution to our sport. Eric Hanauer: Author/underwater photographer/videographer In the early 1960s I was the swimming coach at Morgan Park High […]

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Should Night Diving Be on Your Bucket List?

I have been told that night diving is like the marmite of diving. You either love it, or you hate it, and there’s no in between. Before my first night dive (it was one of my selected specialties when taking the Advanced Open Water Diver course), I was …