A SCUBA diver swims through a giant kelp forest which is tilted back by strong ocean currents. Giant kelp, the fastest plant on Earth, reaches from the rocky bottom to the ocean's surface like a submarine forest.
2006 Mavericks surf contest champion Grant Twiggy Baker of South Africa. Final round, Mavericks surf contest, February 7, 2006.
Atlantic spotted dolphin and Olympic champion swimmer Matt Biondi.
Tiger shark and underwater photographer.
Carson Smith, Ponto, South Carlsbad, morning surf.
California sea lion and diver consider each other, underwater in the clear ocean water of Guadalupe Island.
SCUBA Diver and Steller Sea Lions Underwater, underwater photographer, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Photographer Celia Kujala and Steller Sea Lions Underwater, underwater photographer, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Self portrait in kelp forest, Catalina Island.
A SCUBA diver swimming over a rocky reef covered with kelp, watches a brightly colored orange garibaldi fish.
Oil Rig Ellen and Elly, Underwater Structure.
SCUBA divers, San Clemente Island.
Brock Little, final round, Mavericks surf contest (third place), February 7, 2006.
Kirk Blackman, Newport Beach.
SCUBA diver, sardines and scad, Los Islotes, Sea of Cortez, Mexico.
Salt Creek surf, pretty big day, winter, morning.
Mike Thomas, Cardiff, morning surf.
Divers and kelp forest.
Diver amid kelp forest.
Diver amidst kelp forest.
Diver amidst kelp forest.
Paul W. Gabrielson, Ph.D., collecting algae and coral samples.
Tracy glides through the kelp forest.
Diver and red gorgonian.
Diver and garibaldi.
Diver and sheephead amidst giant palm kelp. Southern sea palm.
A freediving spearfisherman glides quietly through the kelp forest in search of game fish to hunt. The most skilled spearfishermen forego the use of SCUBA, which is noisy underwater and scares away fish. Instead, they practice breathhold techniques to move silently through the water. San Clemente Island.
Tiger shark and photographer Keith Grundy.
El Secreto del Vicki cavern. Vicki's Secret, a huge underwater cave on the southwest side of Guadalupe Island, few if any other SCUBA divers have seen this cave much less know of its existence. Shown here is Vicki Beaver one of the first divers ever to explore the cave.
A SCUBA diver is immersed in an enormous school of Pacific creolefish, black and white / grainy.
Surf check. Three guys check the surf from atop a bluff overlooking the waves at the end of the day, at sunset, north of South Carlsbad State Beach.
Child on the beach.
Jetties, Carlsbad, morning surf.
Diver amidst kelp, San Benito Islands.
Freediver and monofin.
Diver and sunburst.
Betacam underwater housing and cameraman.
Diver and alcyonarian soft coral, Northern Red Sea.
Claudia glides through giant kelp, San Clemente Island.
Diver and school of salema.
Diver and whip coral.
Mike hovers over kelp covered reef, Isla Guadalupe, Mexico.
Diver and camera.