Sea Otter Research


Joe Tomoleoni is a biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Western Ecological Research Center and has been studying sea otters and nearshore marine ecosystems for the past decade. 

His presentation is titled, “Sea Otter Research: Methods & Behavioral Ecology.” Sea otters have much to tell us about our coastal oceans. By conducting research on sea otters, scientists are able to answer important biological questions about how sea otters survive in an unforgiving marine environment. Carefully designed studies also reveal the incredible impacts that sea otters have has "keystone predators" in nearshore ecosystems like kelp forests and estuaries. This talk will discuss some of our research methodologies, sea otter foraging behavior, and will show some real-world examples of how sea otters play an important and critical role in nearshore ecosystems. Some of the major threats facing southern sea otters will also be presented. 

 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 (Sunday, 25 February 2018 23:07)


Club Dive, Saturday, March 24th, 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 just located 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 shallow cove is not kelped-in this time of year but 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.

Last Updated (Sunday, 25 February 2018 23:14)

After Work Dive, Friday, March 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 (Monday, 26 February 2018 17:27)

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