Informing and inspiring everyone about California’s underwater world
A remarkably rare beach sighting of a deep-water marine hatchetfish (Argyropelecus sladeni), less than 2 inches long. ©www.TideLines.org
Sydney the Golden Seal, a retriever-husky, has logged miles and years of ocean swims. She now writes about the ocean realm for the La Jolla Village News. Read Sydney's column, "Sydney's Ocean Log," here. When not dog paddling or opining, Sydney...
Journey traveled by the R/V Robert Gordon Sproul around California's Channel Islands.
There is no gift shop, no Lido deck, no musical theater entertainment. Just my kind of cruise! I recently joined Chief Scientist Lynn Russell, PhD, an atmospheric scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), as a Guest Scientist along...
Our pinnipeds, like this harbor seal (<em>Phoca vitulina</em>), are the constant gardeners of our coast, adding to the lushness of kelp beds. ©1994 Judith Lea Garfield
Pinniped poop is like a One A Day® multivitamin for our coastal environment. It acts as a supplement to enhance the health of our kelp beds and other marine algae and seagrasses. In a published study, scientists in Australia showed that the busy...
The size of polyethylene microbeads in a facial cleanser.  ©2010 JUDITH LEA GARFIELD
When Oprah centered an episode of her talk show on the Texas-sized plastic garbage patch stagnating in the North Pacific gyre, and media outlets report a research cruise to the area by Scripps scientists, the situation must be dire, meaning that the...
My Mission

To share my knowledge with readers through photographic documentation and writing that blends personal experience, humor, and current science research.