Popular among shore and boat divers alike, Butterfly House features dramatic rock structure, hydrocoral, and a lush kelp canopy.
At depth, stands of giant kelp (Macrocystis sp.) are sparse. On the water's surface, however, their lush canopy may permit only a few beams of sunlight to pass. The surreal sensation of swimming just beneath the canopy as these always dancing and occasionally blinding rays contrast with the shadows of lurking blue rockfish (Sebastes mystinus) enchants almost all who experience it. Environmental activist and long time dive boat captain Ed Cooper was so taken with these lights that he named them "God beams". It's a fitting appellation for one of many dive experiences that photograph poorly. This is easily the closest I've come to capturing the feeling, but it lacks the sense of immersion that comes with the real thing. "Butterfly House", Carmel Bay, California July 23, 2005