The Jellyfish of Monterey Bay and Beyond.

The Sea Otters are thrilled to welcome back one of our most popular speakers, Dr Kevin Raskoff, for the June meeting. He is currently the chair of the biology department at Monterey Peninsula College where he has been sharing his enthusiasm for marine biology in the classroom for 12 years.

His research has focused broadly on jellyfish and other gelatinous zooplankton from the tropics to the poles, with a special focus on midwater ecology. Over the years he has been on numerous scientific expeditions and has been a scientist on over 160 deep-sea ROV dives.  He has traveled the far corners of the world and explored in the deepest depths of our planet's oceans.  Raskoff has worked on projects in the Arctic Sea, Monterey Bay, Hawaii, the Atlantic, Italy, and Japan.  

He has previously spoken to the club about his research expedition experience in the Arctic Circle, the life cycle of jellyfish, ocean acidification, and newly discovered cold-water invertebrates. This month, Kevin will be speaking on local jellies and some neat stories about some cool deep-sea species as well. 

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!

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Club Dive, Saturday, July 21st, 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 located just 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 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.

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After Work Dive, Friday, July 13th, 6:30 p.m. Metridium Fields, Monterey

Location: Foam St. and Cannery Row, Monterey.
Parking: Meters and pay parking ($8 for all-day)
Experience Level:Advanced due to distance from shore
Depth: 35-60ft
Entry: Sandy beach with scattered rocks

Have you ever wondered why this was here and what it means?

If you’d like to know the story, click this. This history is relevant to us because, unlike much of the history on Cannery Row, the remnants of those pipes are still available underwater and, for our night dive in July, we are going to find them and return to a dive site which Dave Ramsey taught me how to dive at the beginning of my diving career, the Metridium Fields off the Breakwater Jetty.

While the Metridium Fields are located at the same beach as the often crowded breakwater, the diving experience is a world away. Here you'll find large rocky reefs covered with 2-foot tall giant metridium anemones. While these are reason enough to visit the area, you'll also see a host of nudibranchs including very large sea lemons, clown dorids, and of course hermissendas. Keep your eyes open for juvenile wolf eels, and even the occasional swell shark hiding inside the rocks.

Swim out on the same side of the beach. Swim out until you line up the backs of the bathroom and the deli with the great tri-tip sandwiches. For the other direction, line yourself up with the left side of backscatter (the building with the big whale on the side). Drop down there and go due north. This should bring you to the big pipe pretty quickly, and you can either follow it out and go north on the end, or you can keep going N and you should find some.

Metridium Anemones are common from Washington to Central California. They look like a plant, but they are actually an animal - PLEASE LOOK, BUT DO NOT TOUCH. They can grow upwards of three feet tall and are a beautiful animal. They generally live in clusters on rocks, and on a clear day they are a very beautiful sight to behold.

Thanks to the following public websites for sharing their information on a classic Monterey dive site which we, as a club, have not dived in years – come and join us!

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 (Monday, 25 June 2018 08:55)

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