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May 2008

Kelp Fronds, Santa Barbara Island

Underwater Life

Santa Barbara Island is part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. I used to dive at Santa Barbara Island a few times each year. There are a few pinniped rookeries there, the best one being the sea lions at Webster Point. When the water is clean at Santa Barbara Island, the diving is as good there as anywhere on the West Coast. In addition to the fantastic opportunities to dive with sea lions, one also can spend time in vast, mature, beautiful kelp forests, particularly those between the main island and Sutil Island just offshore. After spending a few hours in the morning freediving among California sea lions (Zalophus californianus), I put on a tank and made a dive under the boat as it was anchored for lunch near Sutil Island, and made this image. To see a collection of many underwater and topside images from Santa Barbara Island in Google Earth, try this KML file: http://www.oceanlight.com/santa_barbara_island.kml

Kelp frond in motion, time exposure, Macrocystis pyrifera, Santa Barbara Island

Kelp frond in motion, time exposure.
Image ID: 02344
Species: Giant kelp, Macrocystis pyrifera
Location: Santa Barbara Island, California, USA

Galapagos Islands Photos on Google Earth

Galapagos Diaries, GeoBlog

Selected images from our collection of Galapagos Island photos can now be browsed in Google Earth. If you have Google Earth installed on your computer, you should be able to click on the link below and have our layer of images open up within Google Earth, showing where in the archipelago each image was taken. Zoom in to an island and the images will spread out, making it easier to select one. Clicking on an image will bring up a web page with more detail about it!

Click To View Galapagos Islands Images in Google Earth.  You must have Google Earth installed for this feature to work correctly. Photographs of the Galapagos Islands on Google Earth. If you do not have Google Earth installed, you can Download Google Earth to get started.

Guadalupe Island Photos on Google Earth

GeoBlog, Guadalupe Island, Mexico

Many of our photographs of Guadalupe Island can be browsed in Google Earth through some new programming that has been added to OceanLight.com. If you have Google Earth installed on your computer, you should be able to click on the link below and have our layer of images open up within Google Earth, showing where around the island each image was taken. Zoom in and the images will spread out, making it easier to select one. Clicking on an image will bring up a web page with more detail about it!

Click To View Guadalupe Island Images in Google Earth.  You must have Google Earth installed for this feature to work correctly. Photographs of Guadalupe Island on Google Earth. If you do not have Google Earth installed, you can Download Google Earth to get started.

Once we get further along with geotagging images, we can offer the same sort of displays for other places like Galapagos, Alaska, California, and Yellowstone. Currently about 15,000 of 22,000 images have been tagged.