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Immersion!

Come "dive" with scientists as they explore and conduct research inside marine protected areas (MPAs) across coastal California. Observe fishes, invertebrates and even marine mammals in kelp forests ranging from La Jolla State Marine Reserve (south) to Gerstle Cove SMR in Sonoma County (north).

diver in rocky habitat
fish school
whale shark

Instructions for Viewing 360 Video

Download videos to your mobile device or computer using the URL link below. To enjoy the full virtual reality experience, download the YouTube app and select the VR viewer in the lower left corner.

VR Dive Locations
Dive Location Depth of Dive Description Immersion Video Immersion Video
Point Lobos State Marine Reserve40-100 FSWThe Point Lobos MPA is one of the oldest in California. This video takes divers along the edge of the kelp forest of south Monastery Beach.Short Dunk (3 mins) 
Hopkins Marine Reserve20-50 FSWLocated within the Lovers Point State Marine Reserve - This reserve is associated with Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station and has been closed to all by research scientists for decades.Short Dunk (3 mins)Long Dive (43 mins)
Edward F. Ricketts State Marine Conservation Area20-50 FSWCome explore the 'Breakwater Wall' and nearby 'Metridium Field'. These sites are some of the most dived locations in California due to the convenient entry/exit used by SCUBA dive classes from across northern California. Short Dunk (4 mins)Long Dive (35 mins)
Point Lobos State Marine Reserve10-57 FSWThis deep to shallow transect explores the wonders of the Carmel Canyon Head & north Monastery BeachShort Dunk (3 mins)Long Dive (33 mins)
Anacapa Island State Marine Reserve18-42 FSWThis virtual dive highlights the unique habitats of Anacapa Island's MPA, part of the Northern Channel Islands.Short Dunk (3 mins)Long Dive (26 mins)
Gerstle Cove State Marine Reserve10-44 FSWSalt Point SP/Gerstle Cove is one of the first underwater areas in California where marine life was completely protected.Short Dunk (3 mins)
Immersion! VR Dives suiting up now:
La Jolla Underwater Park Located within the Matlahuayl State Marine Reserve
Point Buchon State Marine Reserve
Special VR Experiences:
Galápagos Islands
Whale sharkShort Dunk (44 s)
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