The California Halibut Part 1
The California Halibut Part 1

First, they wait, buried up to their eyes…  As soon as their prey is within reach…AMBUSHl!  TEETH! GOT EM. And guess what? Halibut can chase their food as well, even leaping out of the water to do so.. if it’s their favorite (anchovies)…  Who doesn’t love anchovies?!   Paralichthys californicus, the California Halibut, is a

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Ravens and All Their Dark Glory
Ravens and All Their Dark Glory

Here on Catalina Island there is never a dull moment when the ravens are around. One may see them as a pestering omen of darkness due to their long mythical history. However, once recognizing how incredibly intelligent the large black mystical creature really is, one may nevermore see them that way again. (Quoth the Raven)

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Happy Halloween with Exoskeletons
Happy Halloween with Exoskeletons

 Happy Halloween! CIMI staff love to wear costumes, but not just on Halloween! We wear them every time we teach squid dissection. You can often see us dressing up like fairies, senior citizens, mad scientists, pirates, and even ghostly skeletons, which brings me to my next point. Did you know crustaceans, like crabs and

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The Types of Clouds
The Types of Clouds

 The Types of Clouds Have you ever been watching the clouds move across sky and wondered what you were actually looking at? Do all the names of these clouds seem to sound the same? You are not alone, however, today we are going to alleviate this confusion. Clouds are normally identified by their elevation

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The California Moray Eel
The California Moray Eel

 It is reaching the end of your orientation snorkel on day one of your field trip to CIMI and your instructor dives down one last time before exiting the rocky reef structure of Pinnacle rock. As you watch his luscious blonde locks flowing underwater, you realize that he isn’t attempting a subsurface dance move,

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The Mysterious Ninja Pigs
The Mysterious Ninja Pigs

 In the early 1930’s feral pigs were intentionally introduced to Santa Catalina Island. They became extremely abundant and were hunted by sportsman for over fifty years! They were also introduced to help control the island’s rattlesnake populations. After the population of these feral pigs began to skyrocket seemingly out of control, a pig control

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Beach Love – There are So Many Treasures
Beach Love – There are So Many Treasures

 The beach is such an AMAZING place where you can discover so many interesting things! From living organisms to unfortunately trash, I’m going to be talking about some of the most attention-grabbing things we find on our beach! We get a lot of Algae that washes up on the beach. From the invasive sargassum

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