Eu­reka Oil Rig: Plan now for Au­gust 2017

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All crea­tures great and small on Cal­i­for­nia’s Eu­reka rig; strange encounters in Palau; up-and-com­ing des­ti­na­tions you’ve never heard of; why we love the reefs of Florida’s Palm Beach County.

Wait­ing be­neath the ster­ile, me­chan­i­cal plat­form of the Eu­reka Oil Rig — 8 miles off the coast of Los An­ge­les — is an oa­sis for all types of life. The rig plunges 720 feet into the Pa­cific, mak­ing it the deep­est of the rigs ac­ces­si­ble to divers off Cal­i­for­nia’s coast. Fin about the rig’s col­or­ful legs, stretch­ing out like a Well­sian in­vader, and you may spot Cal­i­for­nia’s fa­mous sea lions, bait­balls and even pelag­ics like mola mola and large jel­ly­fish en­joy­ing the safety of the no-take zone. The lit­tle stuff can be seen here too. Anemones, brit­tle stars and scal­lops line the struc­ture, while crabs and nudi­branchs cap­i­tal­ize on the free rent. This di­a­mond in the open blue of­fers a new ex­pe­ri­ence on every dive. — Andy Zunz

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