Meet the Grunion

Wed Apr 10, 2024 - Sun Jun 23, 2024
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Repeating every month on April on the fourth Fridays through April 26, 2024.
Also on May 9, 2024; June 23, 2024.
9:00pm PT
Age: 6 and up
Price: Adults $7; Kids $3
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
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Families can spend a night sitting on Southern California's sandy shore waiting for the legendary grunion run to begin. The activities start with an auditorium presentation about the mating rituals of this unique fish, after which visitors are guided down to the shore to see the famed fish run for themselves.

Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended. Once a year, the Aquarium holds its signature Grunion Fish-tival, with a few extra additions to the night's events.

Grunion are sardine-size fish of the silversides family, which are among the few species of fish that actually come ashore to lay their eggs on sandy beaches. They are found from Southern California south to Baja California and arrive at night after the high tide around the new moon and full moon. Cabrillo Beach is one of the better places to observe the fish.

April, May and June are closed season (observation only). March and July are open season, when grunion may be caught (by hand only); a valid California fishing license is required for anyone 16 years or older.


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