Now Available: Yesterday's Ocean
Our much-anticipated publication Yesterday’s Ocean: A History of Marine Life on California’s Central Coast
is finally here
. Yesterday’s Ocean
looks backward at over 200 years of human use, enjoyment, and exploitation of marine life in Marc Shargel's home part of the state. It is generously illustrated with archival and contemporary photographs. It reveals little-known stories of several "gold rushes" on the area's abundant marine life and the wealth that people worked to derive from it. How has the abundance of that life changed in two centuries, and what are we doing now to preserve and restore it? Dive into Yesterday’s Ocean
and find out. Best of all, you can read the e-book online free of charge
right now! Also, many of you have asked about viewing the video of Marc's talk at TEDx Monterey
. That's available now, too.
This is our first (but hopefully not last) published work on Central California. The three volumes in the Wonders of the Sea series of coffee-table books present the marine life of the state's other three regions.
Welcome to the Living Sea Images website
In December of 2012 we launched this completely re-designed website, to give you better access to the "ocean" of marine imagery available here.
You can easily select pictures of any subject from our online library of almost 9,000 images by just typing what you want in the "Search for..." area at top right.
You can browse our many galleries under the "Portfolio" menu choice. Or look into our Wonders of the Sea
series of books, framed photography for your walls, or our marine conservation work.
"I've seen a lot of changes in Central California's ocean since I began diving here in 1978. I first took a camera underwater in 1982.
Since then I've been using images to communicate the beauty and fragility of our marine life to people who might
otherwise never know about it."
— Marc Shargel
Browse our Books
Marc Shargel's Wonders of the Sea series of books,
currently at three volumes, is the most complete underwater photographic presentation of California's sea life available.
These gorgeous, full color coffee-table books will beautify any library or living room, and captivate adults and children alike.
The Wonders of the Sea books have been praised by marine biologists, conservationists, and members of California's
Fish and Game Commission. Copies signed by the author are available directly through this website.