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Our Next Show is Open Studios in October
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Santa Cruz County's wastonishing display of craft and creativity will be on display for the first thee weekends in October during Open Studios.

We'll be open
October 5-6 & 19-20 from 11am to 5:30pm,
showing all our latest work plus dozens of favorites.

See our events page for the show guide, our location, and a map.

Do You Care About Kelp Forests? Take 5 Minutes on Our Survey
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If you're a diver, surfer, ocean kayaker or just an observant ocean lover, you've seen kelp forests shrinking and in many cases disappearing altogether. Kelp forests are home to over 1,000 different species, more than any other ecosystem in California.

The state is working to formulate policy on how to respond to this ecological disaster. Marc Shargel is helping them, and the state wants your opinion. Please do a short survey here
(just 10 questions, mostly multiple choice).

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Now you can support us on Patreon

Our subscribers on Patreon get gifts every month. From digital photos you can download to notecards to prints, our subscribers receive a stream of monthly imagery, news about our work and environmental updates. Subscribers also support our field photography and our marine conservation advocacy. Our supporters also get access to subscriber-only posts on Patreon. Subscriptions start at just $3 a month.

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At higher levels you can receive notecards and prints bearing our photos, along with the digital pictures and information described above. Check out our page on Patreon!

Merch Now at
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We now have a store for merchandise bearing our photographic images at

You Can Do Your Gift Shopping With Us!
Fine art photo enlargements, books, notecards and mini prints are all available directly from this website.

A huge array of items bearing our photographic images can be ordered from From t-shirts to socks, shower curtains to pillows, mugs to rugs, has all kinds of gift items.

Browse our Books
Look into 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.
Welcome to the Living Sea Images website
Marc Shargel, prepared to photograph marine life.
Our website gives you access to an "ocean" of marine imagery by Marc Shargel. You can easily select pictures of any subject from our online library of images. As of November, 2014 there are more than 9,700 images here. Just type 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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