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Yesterday's Ocean is now available in print or as an e-book

Dive deep beneath Central California's Coastal ocean travel back in time as author and prize-winning underwater photographer Marc Shargel reveals the secret history of Central California's marine life. Through archival photos and his own stunning imagery, Shargel illustrates a little-known chronicle of human use and human impact upon the life in Monterey Bay. Yesterday’s Ocean: A History of Marine Life on California’s Central Coast, tells stories of fish from sharks to sardines, creatures from abalone to sea otters and more. Learn more.

We are now able to offer a limited number of printed copies of Yesterday’s Ocean: A History of Marine Life on California’s Central Coast to the general public. You can also read Yesterday's Ocean online in e-book form, right here.

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.


Cover of Yesterday's Ocean
Pacific Coast Inshore Fishes by Daniel W. Gotshall
is now available here

Since its first publication, Dan Gotshall's Pacific Coast Inshore Fishes has been the diver's "go to" book for fish identification. The new 5th edition describes and illustrates 214 species divers, students, tidepoolers, naturalists and anglers are likely to see. Each one is illustrated with one or more underwater photographs.

The 5th edition is availble only as an e-book. You can order it right here, now. You'll receive an e-book you can view on a Kindle, or with the addition of free software, on Mac or Windows computers and iOS devices like the iPad.


Welcome to the Living Sea Images website
Marc Shargel, prepared to photograph marine life.
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

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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.
Copyright 2012 Living Sea Images, Lumigenic Media, and Marc Shargel