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Morro Bay, with about 2500 acres of open water and adjoining wetlands, is a paradise for bird watchers and naturalists. Morro Bay is a major stopover on the Pacific Flyway, and a winter home to more than 100 migratory bird species. From the Elfin Forest to the Heron Rookery to the iconic Morro Rock, Morro Bay is a natural wonderland.

But there is also a hidden Morro Bay, a wondrous ecosystem that lies just below the surface of the Morro Bay North T-Pier where an unintentional man made reef harbors an amazing array of marine species. The junk, thrown or lost over the side of the pier over the last 67 years, providing nooks, crevices & holdfasts, teems with marine life.

It is this hidden world of Morro Bay that we hope to bring to light.

Ken Bondy and Gary Powell have been diving and photographing under Morro Bay for more than 20 years. The mission of this web site is to share our underwater discoveries with the community, naturalists, biologists, other divers and photographers, and anyone interested in the unique underwater beauty of Morro Bay.

Morro Bay does not easily reveal its secrets: diving and especially underwater photography are difficult. Visibility inside the bay is often very limited, dives must be carefully timed to coincide with incoming tides, and care must be taken to avoid the heavy boat traffic of the bay.

All the images in this web site were taken in Morro Bay under the North T-Pier. Earlier images were taken using film, but recently both divers have switched to digital cameras.

Gary's Dive Log


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Ken's Dive Log
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