Chance to greet the grunion

June 4, 2013 by  

Wildlife lovers will no doubt know how much fun it is to meet the grunion – those tiny little fish that swim ashore to lay their eggs on the beach sand.

For those who would like to see the grunion in the flesh, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will offer a program on Monday, June 10 and Monday, June 17 at 8:00 p.m.

The grunion are small fish – roughly the size of sardines – that can be found from Baja California through central California. There is no better place to watch the grunion run than from the Cabrillo Beach where so many fish come ashore to mate and lay eggs that the beach can often look like a silver blanket of wriggling fish.

The eggs incubate in the sand for nine days, then hatch, and the young fish are washed out to sea by the high tides. The grunions are legal to catch by hand in June and July, provided that catchers are aged 16 or older and have a California fishing license.

The aquarium opens at 8:00 pm and a film on grunion will be shown at 9:00 pm. Guests could commemorate the occasion by creating a memory book of photos of family fun at the grunion run at a local printing company.

This public nonprofit aquarium promotes knowledge and conservation of marine life and can be found at 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro, less than half an hour from Torrance. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children, students, and seniors.