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TOMBSTONES UNTURNED: Diving into La Jolla's offshore 'graveyard'

TOMBSTONES UNTURNED: Diving into La Jolla's offshore 'graveyard'

In 2001, Carlsbad resident Volker Hoehne says he was approached by “an old guy in a wheelchair” who asked him to place a tombstone underwater for himself. Hoehne had no idea what Wally Potts was talking about, but he was the adventurous type, so he agreed. After all, they were both attending a meeting of the San Diego Freedivers in Clairemont Mesa.

Free-diving is a sport in which participants — mostly spearfishermen and photographers — hold their breath to get closer to sea life than they can trailed by noisy clouds of scuba bubbles.

“Our food is becoming increasingly disconnected from us and also synthetic,” said Hoehne, a financial analyst by trade, who is currently...

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