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

Underwater Film by Erick Higuera: ‘Baja’

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BAJA from Erick Higuera on Vimeo.

Ocean Sanctuaries: The Sharks of San Diego

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Coming Soon at Ocean ‘The Sharks of San Diego.’

Already consider yourself a veteran of logging Sevengill shark encounters?

Would you like a chance to log encounters with *other* species of shark?

Soon you will have a chance with National Geographic’s latest citizen science tool called: Fieldscope. You will be able to log sightings and photos of Leopard sharks, Horn sharks, Angel sharks, Tope sharks as well as pelagic species such as Blue, Mako, Great White and Thresher.


Credit: Michael Bear

Credit: Michael Bear

Lazaro Ruda: Male Seahorse Giving Birth

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(Used with permission)

Michael Bear: Lion Nudibranch Spreading Its Hood to Feed

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Gayle Van Leer: Mysterious Jelly-like Creature at La Jolla Shores

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A Remarkable Video by WeiWei Gao: 2 Octopuses Fighting

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Wrestling Octopus at the Shores from Weiwei Gao on Vimeo.

National Geographic Documentary [Full Length]: The Sharks of Pitcairn Island

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Due to its remoteness, this is one of the few areas in the world where the shark population is healthy.

Go Pro: Go Blue: Do What You Can Now–BEFORE We Reach the Tipping Point!

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Video Credit: Chris Cilfone

Video: Our 2014 Blue Shark Dive w/Dolphins Racing the Boat Back

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Many thanks to Diego Bouvet Parada for this video

Michael Bear: Citizen Science: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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“In the bad old days of ivory tower academia, only scientists with white coats and Ph.Ds were considered qualified to gather and interpret scientific data—and, God forbid you should suggest otherwise.”

Citizen Science: An Idea Whose Time Has Come