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  1. drbill

    Wondering where your stuff from overseas is? Shipaggedon!

    Every time I take the boat to/from Long Beach/Catalina I see many vessels waiting outside the breakwater waiting to be off-loaded
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    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #904: THOSE AREN'T PUMPKIN SEEDS!

    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #904: THOSE AREN'T PUMPKIN SEEDS! Come spring I often find a lot of what look like pumpkin seeds on hard surfaces at the bottom of the dive park. Halloween is long gone so they aren't the work of underwater pumpkin carvers. Oh, how I used to love scraping out those...
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    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #904: THOSE AREN'T PUMPKIN SEEDS!

    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #904: THOSE AREN'T PUMPKIN SEEDS! Come spring I often find a lot of what look like pumpkin seeds on hard surfaces at the bottom of the dive park. Halloween is long gone so they aren't the work of underwater pumpkin carvers. Oh, how I used to love scraping out those...
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    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #903: NOT YOUR PLAYBOY "BUNNY"

    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #903: NOT YOUR PLAYBOY "BUNNY" Many years ago I was diving within a boat mooring field during a time few boats were present. I came across a strange creamy colored mass on the bottom. Having spent time at Antonio's Pizzeria, I thought it looked like a batch of Mama Mia's...
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    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #903: NOT YOUR PLAYBOY "BUNNY"

    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #903: NOT YOUR PLAYBOY "BUNNY" Many years ago I was diving within a boat mooring field during a time few boats were present. I came across a strange creamy colored mass on the bottom. Having spent time at Antonio's Pizzeria, I thought it looked like a batch of Mama Mia's...
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    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #902: GET YOUR VITAMIN A FROM A JAR!

    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #902: GET YOUR VITAMIN A FROM A JAR! Way back in the late 60s, before I moved to Catalina, I feared sharks. All my diving had been in freshwater and I doubt any had worked their way thru the St, Lawrence River and Great Lakes to the shores of Lake Michigan. When I took...
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    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #902: GET YOUR VITAMIN A FROM A JAR!

    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #902: GET YOUR VITAMIN A FROM A JAR! Way back in the late 60s, before I moved to Catalina, I feared sharks. All my diving had been in freshwater and I doubt any had worked their way thru the St, Lawrence River and Great Lakes to the shores of Lake Michigan. When I took...
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    Catalina Island in August

    Due to unseasonably cool water temperatures, there is plenty of kelp (and other cooler water algae) in the dive park right now. These days most of my dives are in the park. However, there are some fine dive sites (Ship Rock, Bird Rock, Eagle Reef, Empire Landing Quarry and Sea Fan Grotto to name...
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    Want to Buy Scubapro X-Tex

    There is also the old X-Tek (which I love) and the new version
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    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #901: PLEASE SWEAT THE LITTLE STUFF

    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #901: PLEASE SWEAT THE LITTLE STUFF Back when I was doing my graduate work at UCSB, my focus initially was on the marine algae in our waters. Many of them are difficult to identify because they can assume different shapes under different environmental conditions. Others...
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    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #901: PLEASE SWEAT THE LITTLE STUFF

    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #901: PLEASE SWEAT THE LITTLE STUFF Back when I was doing my graduate work at UCSB, my focus initially was on the marine algae in our waters. Many of them are difficult to identify because they can assume different shapes under different environmental conditions. Others...
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    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #900: FIN IN MOUTH

    Amazing enough it stays up there but maybe I do need to grow bigger hips!
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    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #900: FIN IN MOUTH

    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #900: FIN IN MOUTH No, I didn't forget to filet my latest fish for dinner. Nor did I swallow a live goldfish whole. Last month I stuck my dive fin fully into my mouth during an interaction with another diver. You're probably wondering if I'm doing yoga these days to get...
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    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #900: FIN IN MOUTH

    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #900: FIN IN MOUTH No, I didn't forget to filet my latest fish for dinner. Nor did I swallow a live goldfish whole. Last month I stuck my dive fin fully into my mouth during an interaction with another diver. You're probably wondering if I'm doing yoga these days to get...
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    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #899: KEEPING THE KIDS CLOSE BY

    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #899: KEEPING THE KIDS CLOSE BY Back when I was a senior in high school I was trying to decide which college to go to. I had been accepted to Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Stanford and Michigan State (MSU). In fact Harvard had actively recruited me starting in my junior year...
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    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #897: YET ANOTHER MYSTERY

    I mentioned that these sightings occurred within a marine protected area so they couldn't be collected. A week later I dove outside the MPA and the yellow snot was gone.
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    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #899: KEEPING THE KIDS CLOSE BY

    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #899: KEEPING THE KIDS CLOSE BY Back when I was a senior in high school I was trying to decide which college to go to. I had been accepted to Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Stanford and Michigan State (MSU). In fact Harvard had actively recruited me starting in my junior year...
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    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #898: ALGAL SYSTEMATICS

    Way back in my grad school daze, I was studying to gain the credentials necessary to be a "real" marine biologist. I had already done research funded by the National Science Foundation that was published in peer-reviewed journals for a number of years. Back in 1969, before the time of e-mail, I...
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    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #898: ALGAL SYSTEMATICS

    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #898: ALGAL SYSTEMATICS Way back in my grad school daze, I was studying to gain the credentials necessary to be a "real" marine biologist. I had already done research funded by the National Science Foundation that was published in peer-reviewed journals for a number of...
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    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #897: YET ANOTHER MYSTERY

    DIVE DRY WITH DR. BILL #897: YET ANOTHER MYSTERY Albert Einstein reportedly said "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." Well, in my scientific pursuits ranging from the galaxies of the Universe to the critters in a tidepool...
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