Winter: It’s Here But What Is It?

Winter: It’s Here But What Is It?

It’s getting cold! The wind is starting to blow! Rain is falling! The grass is starting to grow! The waves are getting bigger! IT’S WINTER!! But what exactly is winter? There are two kinds of winter, astronomical winter— having to do with the...

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Ravens: Clever and Intelligent

Ravens: Clever and Intelligent

For thousands of years cultures all across the world have told tales of raven’s intelligence. The clever trickster in many native tribes’ stories, a sacred animal to Apollo the God of prophecy, a bringer of wisdom to the Norse gods, even Game of...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Salps: Attack of the Clones

Salps: Attack of the Clones

 Have you ever been walking along the beach or kayaking through the ocean and spotted what appeared to some weird plastic bag looking jellyfish-like thing? Have you ever thought, “What on earth is that?” Well that is a salp and it is not a...

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