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MICHAEL ZEIGLER: CALIFORNIAN DREAMS

Ever since making his first underwater photo in 2009, Michael has been obsessed with underwater photography. Since then, he has had the opportunity and privilege to work with some of the best editors from around the world and co-founded the underwater photography workshop company, Immersed ImagingSince 2013, Michael has been a proud member of the Ocean Artists Society, which uses ocean art to inspire people around the world and to create a greater awareness of our need to protect and preserve our natural world. And although Michael has had the opportunity to dive many amazing places around the world, he prefers capturing the beauty of the diverse marine life that inhabits the rich kelp forests of Southern California. Here's a selection of his Californian dream shots - scroll down and vote for your favourite and win a subscription to DIVE.…

 


 
 
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A bat ray cruises through a clearing in the kelp forest at near Santa Barbara Island, California. The visibility this day was stunning, and made this moment that much more enjoyable
 
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A pair of California sea lions came to greet the divers off the coast of Santa Barbara Island, California. The island is home to one of the largest sea lion rookeries along the west coast
 
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Red gorgonian sea fans line deep channels at Sutil Island, a small island near the coast of Santa Barbara Island. Strong currents and surge batter this largely unprotected island, promoting the growth of only the hardiest of species
 
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Giant kelp sways and bat stars cling to the reef as the underwater world in the Channel Islands National Park is battered with strong surge and ripping currents
 
 
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A Spanish shawl (Flabellina iodinea) - the iconic nudibranch of California. Near the wreck of the Avalon,  Palos Verdes
 
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 Look no further than a few meters off the shore of Laguna Beach, California to find beautiful nudibranchs like this Okenia rosacea (Hopkin's rose) nudibranch. They acquire their pink colour from the hydroids they enjoy eating
 
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What was once considered a relatively rare sight in California waters, green turtles appear to be making a much-welcomed comeback along the shores of Southern California. This beauty was spotted just off the beach in popular La Jolla Shores near San Diego
 
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A diver explores the anemone-covered structures of an offshore oil platform near Huntington Beach, California. This unique ecosystem is home to dozens of species including the bright orange  Garibaldi fish
 
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A lone tuna crab poses momentarily with its clutch of eggs before zipping away into the blue. This image was made under the structure of an offshore oil drilling platform, a few of which are open to recreational divers
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The colourful shell of a blue-ring topsnail brightens the reef deep below the surface near San Miguel Island, California
 
Pick your favourite image and win a sub!
 
 
   
See more of Michael's work on  www.michaelzeigler.com or www.instagram.com/michaelzeiglerphoto
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