For my final blog post of the year I decided to go snorkeling off the beach in Avalon on Catalina Island. Catalina is a great place to enjoy island life and explore the many beaches it has to offer. For this blog post I am going to be looking at Avalon beach through a biological lens. While I was under the water I was surrounded by a wide array of beautiful fish species.
My experience with the wildlife in Catalina started when I noticed something gliding across the water. At first I was unsure of what I was looking at, but then I realized it was a flying fish. I had never seen one in real life but it was a magnificent sight to see. The fact that this species of fish are able to glide through the air like a bird baffles me.
Once I was under the water I saw so many different fish I cannot even remember all the ones I saw. After doing some research I was able to find the two main fish I saw under the water. The first fish I noticed was the California Sheephead. They were all over the place. The California Sheephead ranges from Monteray Bay to the Gulf of California and are native to the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
The second fish I noticed was the Garibaldi. The Garibaldi is a beautiful orange fish who’s species surround Catalina Island in huge masses. They only live in the subtropical northeastern part of the Pacific ocean. One thing I noticed when I got a closer look at these fish is that some of them have blue spots that appear to glow. It was a beautiful sight to see and I would recommend this to everyone to try out.
Here is a video of my friends and I diving under water.