Why Santa Cruz Island has long drawn passionate divers

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Divers have long been drawn to the golden-colored kelp forests and diverse wildlife off the coast of Santa Cruz Island. Photo credit: Instudio8/Brent Sumner

Many family members and friends have spoken publicly about the Conception fire victims' passion for diving and exploring ocean life. Many divers have been drawn to the Channel Islands for the underwater kelp forests, unusual aquatic wildlife, and dramatic beauty.

Brent Sumner (pictured) has spent years diving and documenting the wildlife and history of the Channel Islands. Photo credit: Instudio8/Brent Sumner