Waterfront Safety 101

Waterfront Safety 101

When going to the beach there are a few tips we should remember so everyone has fun!! Hydrate – being in the sun for a few hours and swimming in the ocean can take a lot out of you… most importantly water. It may not seem like it but when in the...

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What Keeps Fish in Line?

What Keeps Fish in Line?

What is a Lateral Line? The Lateral Line is a sense organ located on the side of a fish that allows them to detect movement in the water. This helps them out when it comes to finding food, avoiding predators, and staying in line with their...

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Ah! Bologna? No, it’s Abalone!

Ah! Bologna? No, it’s Abalone!

  Snorkeling around CIMI can lead to some amazing discoveries, but one of the shiniest of them all is spotting an empty abalone shell! Perhaps your CIMI instructor dove down for one of these beauties and you got to see it up close, or maybe...

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Seamounts! Underwater Mountains!

Seamounts! Underwater Mountains!

Deep beneath the sea, things are moving, changing, shaping, and forming. What a world to live in! Just like land formations on the continents, the sea floor also experiences shifts and breaks in the Earth’s crust, making underwater formations...

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The Elusive Leopard Shark

The Elusive Leopard Shark

On beautiful, clear days here on Catalina Island, taking a stroll down the pier is the perfect way to spot our elusive friend, the leopard shark! These shy guys love to hang out in Catalina’s shallow coves and search the sand for benthic, or...

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Say My Name, Say My Name!

Say My Name, Say My Name!

How many times a day do you write your name? Once, twice, three times, maybe not at all on some days. Well put a pen in your hand right now and write it down. Now lets analyze it! Your first and middle names are pretty specific to you. Those...

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Sargassum is it a Weed?

Sargassum is it a Weed?

What makes a weed a weed? It grows fast, it takes up resources of other native species thereby reducing diversity, and it causes ecological problems because it is so abundant – sometimes called a “monoculture”. Did you know there are “weeds” in...

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Hundred-Foot Sea Star Race

Hundred-Foot Sea Star Race

It’s probably without a doubt that during your visit to CIMI you participated in a Sea Star Derby. That’s right, a race of the Stars. A good, old-CIMI-fashioned Sea Star Flip Race! And you probably without a doubt wondered, “how did those sea...

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The North American Bison

The North American Bison

The North American Bison, scientific name Bison bison, was first brought to Catalina Island back in 1924. These gentle giants were brought to the island for the production of the film “The Vanishing American”, which was never fully completed...

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Once Upon a Time…In the Stars…

Once Upon a Time…In the Stars…

Once upon a time, every constellation had a backstory. Wait, every constellation does have a backstory! Have you ever wondered how these stories came to be or why some of them might be a little different? Let’s begin with the basics. What’s a...

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Welcome to Cherry Cove!

Welcome to Cherry Cove!

Each of CIMI’s sites at Toyon Bay, Fox Landing, and Cherry Cove run their programs with the same goal in mind: providing students with a fun, adventurous, and enriching outdoor education experience. But that doesn’t mean that each camp can’t also...

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Massive Migration of Gray Whales

Massive Migration of Gray Whales

Gray Whales have the longest known migration of any mammal traveling a total of about 10,000 to 14,000 miles! This migration typically starts in the Bering, Chukchi, and Beuafort Seas and ends around the coast of Baja California. This massive...

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