Author Archives: Michael Bear

USAF brat, grew up abroad, now live and work in San Diego.

–Science Diving Editor at California Diver Magazine

–AAUS Science Diver

–PADI Master Diver with over 1000 cold-water dives in California

Old Favorite from 2012: Fishing Under the Ice

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Marine Science Today: San Diego’s Newest Ocean Non-Profit

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Ocean Sanctuaries


Ocean Sanctuaries is a new non-profit ocean conservation group founded on March 15, 2014 in San Diego with a mission “to inspire people to take action around ocean conservation and habitat preservation.” To accomplish this, Ocean Sanctuaries will create a community which uses multi-media, social media, and the web as a way to educate and share information with everyone from scientists to the general public. Ocean Sanctuaries is also one of only a few NPOs primarily oriented towards ocean citizen science.

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The Tragedy of Midway Island

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MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.

Greg Amptman: Sevengill Sharks at La Jolla Cove

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Professional shark photographer Greg Amptman and San Diego diver Michael Bear encountered 3 largeSevengill sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus) off the coast of La Jolla this week. One was a large male, about 7 ft long, the second, a more medium sized-shark and the third, which came right up to Amptman’s camera port, before abruptly turning away when the flash went off, was also large: 7-8 ft.

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Baby Horn Shark from Recent Night Dive at La Jolla Shores

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Credit: Michael Bear

Credit: Michael Bear

New Ocean Conservdation Non-Profit Established in San Diego: Ocean Sanctuaries

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Measuring juvenile Sevengill shark
Credit: Dennis Jones/NW Shark Preservation Society

Long-time San Diego recreational and science divers Barbara Lloyd and Michael Bear have joined forces to establish an ocean conservation non-profit organization,called Ocean Sanctuaries, devoted to species conservation, ocean sustainability as well as supporting citizen science projects and documentary films which involve the ocean. As Lloyd points out, ’Many organizations exist for a very specific cause like ‘save the whales,’ or ‘save the sharks,’ and that is great. And yet it is people who must take action. As a mentor of mine said, ‘The Oceans are the consciousness of Humanity.’ She goes on to say, ’And so, we have envisioned an organization which is a collaboration between citizen scientists, scientists, and other like minded organizations to foster greater understanding, wise ecology, species protection and good stewardship of the ocean and related habitats. We hope to do this by creating a community which educates and shares information through multi-media, social media, and the web. We also make data and imagery, gathered by citizen scientists, available to the general public, scientists, and other organizations.’

Part of this will involve support and incorporation of local citizen science projects already underway, such as the Sevengill Shark Tracking Project that Bear established in 2010, to monitor and track Sevengill sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus) in the San Diego area, using pattern recognition to analyze the freckling patterns on their dorsal sides. This involves using photographs taken by local San Diego divers who have been trained to recognize this species and obtain high definition photographs from various angles.

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California Bill Would Outlaw Orca Captivity

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Howard Hall: California Dreamin’ (Under the Kelp)

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California Dreaming from Howard Hall on Vimeo.

A Carl Sagan Classic: The Pale Blue Dot

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RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program: Stress in Sharks Measured

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