Join us for our famous monthly dive club meeting at Eco Dive Center. Everyone's Invited!
BBQ Taco Bar (BYOB allowed)
Tons of SWAG
Trip Trip to Santa Cruz Island
Discover Scuba For two friends
Special Guest: Mark Strickland a world-renowned UW photgrapher and travel specialist
Topic: From Snails To Whales – a celebration of marine biodiversity
Seminar Description: It is often said that variety is the spice of life. Similarly, variety of life, or biodiversity, is among the most compelling attractions of the underwater world. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, however, this diversity is also essential for a healthy environment. As on land, marine ecosystems are fundamentally linked to relationships among species and their habitat. Because of this interdependence, every species is important, affecting every other species in the ecosystem. Primarily image-based, this presentation explores some of the fascinating relationships between marine species while celebrating the captivating beauty of these creatures and their environment.
Bio: Mark Strickland’s life-long interest in the sea has included over 10,000 dives and careers as lifeguard, boat captain and scuba instructor. His passion for underwater photography has led him to many top dive locales including Thailand, where he spent 17 years as Cruise Director on a series of live-aboards. An avid marine naturalist, Mark has discovered several nudibranch species. He is co-author and principle photographer for Lonely Planet’s award-winning book, “Diving and Snorkeling Thailand”, and his work appears in many publications around the world; editorial credits include BBC Wildlife, Conde Nast Traveler, Geo, National Geographic World, Nature's Best, Natural History, Outside and most major dive magazines. His images have also been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution, United Nations Visitor Center, and galleries including the G2 in Venice, CA. Mark leads several dive trips each year to his favorite destinations as part of his job as DSLR and Travel Specialist at Bluewater Photo in Culver City, California. For a sampling of Mark’s work, visit www.markstrickland.com
6:30 to 7:00pm BBQ tacos in the parking lot & purchase raffle tickets.
7:00 to 7:10pm Skip Tucker on a must-do tropical trip adventure.
7:15pm Main event, mark Strickland
8:20pm Optional Sidemount presentation