Rick discusses kelp forest ecology with a group of students while underwater at the California Science Center. (Credit: Joanna Tang)

Some coins are worth more than gold.


Manta ray off Bali, Indonesia. Shot on 35mm film with Nikonos-V.


Friends and anemones, somewhere south of Ensenada, Baja California. | Nikonos-V 35mm camera.

Exploring the west end of Catalina. | Nikonos-V 35mm camera.


California Science Center Ocean Operations DSO, Thomas Arklie, holds up two sensors for the CCD Thermograph Project. The sensor on the left is being newly deployed. The sensor on the right displays nearly 18 months of sea life growth. This growth occured during the Covid-19 lockdown which halted ocean operations. (Courtesy of Thomas Arklie. GoPro.)

Thomas Arklie, out of his wetsuit and soaking up the sunshine at the USC Wrigley Institute on Catalina Island. AAUS 2019. | Nikonos-V. Kodak Ektachrome 100.

Maria Loberg deploys a lift bag during an AAUS exercise at Big Fisherman's Cove, Catalina Island. | Olympus TG-5.

Jarrett Lee during AAUS training. Catalina Island, 2019. | Olympus TG-5.


Rick with giant sea bass at Casino Point, Catalina Island. 2021. (Credit: Derke Tse. iPhone.)

Joanna Tang explores the reef at Honeymoon Cove, Palos Verdes, CA. | 35mm Kodak Portra 400 pushed to 800. Nikonos-V.


Mermaids in the pool at Warner Brothers Studio.

Above: HydroFlex 435 Deep Water and RemoteAquaCam Mk 5.


Left: Rick Allen winds up a reel after a successful Reef Check survey on the backside of Catalina Island. (Credit: Chris Glaeser. Olympus OM-1.) 

Right: Chuck Kopczak, prepares to begin a Reef Check survey at Malaga Cove, CA. | Olympus TG-5.

Below: Sea life on the reef.

Sea star and strawberry anemones.


Reef Check survey team during the 2018 Channel Islands Expedition (credit: Katie Kozma). This photo was taken aboard the ill-fated MV Conception which later sank in a tragic fire, taking the lives of 33 passengers and one crew member.


Sunsets and night dives along the California coast. (Above: USC Wrigley Institute, Catalina Island. Taken on Nikonos-V 35mm camera with Kodak Ektachrome 100. Below: Night dive at Malago Cove. Still pulled from GoPro Hero7.)


Pool fun with the Nikonos-iii. Orange County, CA. 2022. 35mm film.

Experimenting with light-leaked film in Mexico. | Nikonos-V and PsychBlues Film No. 6.

Dive buddies are the pirate friends you dreamed of meeting as a child. (Credit: Angie Bao Bao)


Always remember to make a deco stop! 

King Harbor Brewing Co. Redondo Beach, CA. Gone, but not forgotten.

Coral Farming in Okinawa

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