National Geographic : 1949 May
© National Geographic Society 625 Ektachrome by Lamar Boren With Heavy Rubber Fins, Gogglers Kick Themselves Down to Eerie Deep-sea Hunting Grounds Two members of the Bottom Scratchers Club don their swim fins to explore the depths off La Jolla, California. A third (background) churns the surface of a rock-walled pool, ready to submerge when he sights his quarry. Fishermen, wearing rubber-and-glass face plates, carry five-tined spears. With prying irons (right) they dislodge abalone from rocks. To qualify for the club, candidates must capture two sharks, barehanded, in 20-foot dives.