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Martians, Jackalope, and Grunion. "The Truth is Out There..."

Family members who live outside of California always suggest the California Grunion is folklore, much like the beloved “Jackalope.” However, the California Grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, is a sardine-size fish found only off the coast of California from Punta Abreojos, Baja California Sur to Point Conception. And yes, if you are patient you will see that they are real. Grunion are small slender fish with bluish-green backs and silvery sides and bellies. Their snouts are rounded, they have no teeth, are, very slippery, and range in size from 6 to 7 inches.

Grunion are distinct for their unusual mating ritual wherein at higher than normal tides they come by the thousands to mate. As waves breaks the Grunion swim as far up the beach as possible. The female then buries her tail into the sand to lay her eggs. The male then wraps himself around the female to do what all men do. The whole event can take as little as 30 seconds to perform. And for the next 10 days the grunion eggs remain buried about 4 inches deep in the sand and at the next set of high tides, the eggs hatch and the baby grunion are washed out to sea to find life as the next generation of Grunion.

Spawning or “Grunion Runs” happens from late March through early September. If you want to go on a Grunion Run there are a few things you should know.

• A fishing license is required for persons 16 years of age and older to catch Grunion, and you may only take using your hands. No other equipment may be used and you cannot dig holes to trap the fish.

• The grunion may only be taken on specified dates between June and the end of August. Please consult your local Department of Fish and Wildlife office to know exactly when you can fish for Grunion.


• Spawning or “Grunion Runs” happens from late March through early September. If you want to go on a Grunion Run there are a few things you should know.

• A fishing license is required for persons 16 years of age and older to catch Grunion, and you may only take using your hands. No other equipment may be used and you cannot dig holes to trap the fish.

• The grunion may only be taken on specified dates between June and the end of August. Please consult your local Department of Fish and Wildlife office to know exactly when you can fish for Grunion.


For more information check out: https://www.tripsavvy.com/grunion-fish-runs-and-hunting-2937310 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CilwYmhjxxQ

• There is no limit of how many fish you can take, however, scientists suggest Grunion are not an abundant species and we must protect the current population from over fishing. Take only what you will use.

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