2020 California Grunion Run Schedule Now Available

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California grunion come ashore to spawn on a Southern California beach
photo by heather, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The 2020 schedule of expected California grunion runs is now available on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

Grunion are famous for their spawning behavior. From March through August, these fish surf the waves Continue reading “2020 California Grunion Run Schedule Now Available”

Grunion Dance: By the Light of the Moon

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photo by Kelly Scofield

There has been much interest in the full moon lately because of recent headlines about the ‘super blood wolf moon’ in January (coincident with a lunar eclipse) and the ‘super snow moon’ in February. However, California Grunion don’t care what we call the various full moons or the unnamed new moons in the early spring through fall months. It’s the combined gravitational pull of Continue reading “Grunion Dance: By the Light of the Moon”

2018 Grunion Run Schedule Now Available

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Grunion spawning on a sandy beach
CDFW photo

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has published its annual schedule of predicted grunion runs in 2018. Intrepid nature lovers and grunion hunters can use the schedule to stake out a beach late at night and perhaps catch a few fish, or just observe their unusual mating behavior.

Grunion, are small, slender fish with bluish-green backs and silvery bellies. These fish ‘strand’ themselves Continue reading “2018 Grunion Run Schedule Now Available”

Dancing With Grunion: Not A Myth!

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Male and female grunion perform an age-old dance on a dark, sandy beach

Along Southern California’s sandy beaches, one of the most remarkable life cycles in the sea is once again in full swing: the California grunion have come ashore to spawn. Grunion runs have been enjoyed by Southern California residents for more than 100 years, but there are still those who are skeptical of their existence. To be invited out in the middle of the night to go “dancing with grunion” does sound a little ridiculous, but in reality it’s the only way to experience this natural phenomenon. Continue reading “Dancing With Grunion: Not A Myth!”